I don’t know where the Spirit of the LORD may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn’t find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD since my youth. Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD ? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water. And now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’ He will kill me!” 1 Kings 18:12-14
How is that the man that Scripture calls a “devout Believer in the Lord” in 1 Kings 18:3, can cower when Elijah asks him to get Ahab for him. In his own defense, he told Elijah about how he had helped 100 prophets, an action that would have meant certain death if he had been caught. Hiding and feeding 100 men in two caves is risky business to say the least. Now another prophet wanted to actually inform Ahab of his existence?
Before we’re too hard on Obadiah, think of the many times you were bold for God and all of a sudden you were fearful. All the ‘what if’ questions arose: what if they don’t believe? What if I make a fool of myself? What if they DO believe? What if? What if? What if?
Pray for boldness in your own life. Pray that you will be strengthened with God’s grace and knowledge and that you will go with God’s favor. Then open your eyes to the many opportunities that face each of us.