1 Kings 18:3-4
3. And Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly.
4. 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.) (I Kings 18:3-4 NKJV)
Obadiah had a secular job. He served the evil King Ahab. But the bible clearly says that “..he feared the LORD greatly.” What does this mean in practical terms? It simply meant that Obadiah was more concerned about pleasing God than the earthly boss he served.
The wife of Ahab (Jezebel) was a prophet-killer. But Obadiah was secretly taking care of them, hiding them in caves and feeding them with bread & water. What would happen to Obadiah if this was discovered? He will not only lose his job but potentially his life. Even his family’s lives were at stake. But his fear of God caused him to be selfless. He decided to obey God rather than man. The fear of God often results in selfless actions. The result? Obadiah kept his job. And the lives of the prophets were preserved. Best of all, he managed to continue his attempts to influence decisions made by Ahab.
Has God placed you where you could be His “salt of the earth”? Are you honoring Him in the presence of ungodly people? Have you managed to help the elect of God with the influence and privileges given to you in your secular office? Remember Obadiah & what he did.