And Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly. For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.) 1 Kings 18:3-4
His name means servant of God, worshipper of God.
This is not Obadiah the prophet.
This is Obadiah, chief of staff for the most ungodly couple to reign over Israel – Ahab and Jezebel.
How could he, in good conscience, work there?
How could he serve them, know they not only were introducing idolatry into Israel setting them up for God’s judgment, but they were massacring the prophets, the preachers, the spokesmen of the living God?
The royal couple was systematically trying to silence the voice of God in their society.
It was a dangerous, fearful time to serve Jehovah.
I don’t know if Obadiah feared Ahab and Jezebel.
I do know he feared the LORD.
He used his position to protect and provide for others who feared the LORD.
He worked behind the scenes. Unknown. Unheralded.
What if we were like Obadiah? What if we feared the LORD greatly regardless of the culture?
What if we viewed our situations as an opportunity to quietly, but actively, further God’s kingdom?
Maybe, like Obadiah, we’d see the drought end.