April 30, 2014
I Kings 18:7
As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down to the ground, and said, “Is it really you, my lord Elijah?”
My mom used to tell me that many times the bad marches forward side by side with the good. There was the Old West – the missionaries with the outlaws. We even have the computer – so much good and value, but some really bad stuff.
This verse tells of an encounter in the midst of a very dark time in the land of Israel with King Ahab. He and his wife Jezebel made for some evil times. In the middle of all this was a tremendous bright light. It was the world of Elijah, a shining, active prophet. Not only Elijah. In this verse, we have Obadiah who was in charge of Ahab’s palace. In the third verse, it calls Obadiah a “devout believer in the Lord.” Wow! Right in the palace of the evil king Ahab. When Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah (I might add courageously) took a hundred prophets and hid them in two caves and supplied them with food and water.
Obadiah was walking along here under King Ahab’s instructions when he came upon Elijah. Even though the conversation between Obadiah and Elijah showed a little less courage on Obadiah’s part, it set the stage for one of the Bible’s most exciting stories. A bright light in a dark world, both on Obadiah’s part and Elijah’s part. It is an encouragement to us to shine brightly, even in dark places. In Philippians 2:15 and 16, Paul says to “shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life….” God will work in us through the strength, inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit.
I encourage you to read the whole chapter of I Kings 18. Philippians 2:1-18 is a good companion passage. Shine away!