2008-11-17 - Obadiah: True Servanthood
(1 Kings 18:3-4, Hebrews 11:38)
After learning about the heroes and heroines of Hebrews 11, our study on the encouraging chapter ends with Obadiah. Hebrews 11 lists men and women who faced struggles, pain, and death - and still did not give up. Their faith in God stayed intact.
Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. (1 Kings 18:3 NIV)
Ironically, Obadiah was King Ahab's palace official and personal representative. While Obadiah respected his boss, he did not hold the same values or beliefs. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel worshiped the idol Baal, and had no tolerance for the Lord or God's believers. When the queen started massacring Godly prophets, Obadiah hid 100 prophets, 50 to a cave (verse 4). He also provided the men with bread and water.
Obadiah had tremendous faith. He believed in protecting the prophets' lives, even though it put his own life in jeopardy. Would we have the tenacity to do the same today, I wonder?
Lord, Hebrews 11 reminds me how important faith is. Believing in You does not indicate all my hardships will disappear. It does mean You will be a comfort when problems do arise. Thank You for Your presence. May my faith grow in You daily and may I not be afraid to share my faith with others. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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