God promises to guide us (Proverbs 20:24) and never leave us, (Matthew 28:20) but He doesn’t say He will keep us out of danger (Hebrews 11:36-38).
This is the 5th Bible study in our Examining Elijah and Elisha Series.
For three and a half years God said to Israel, “Repent. Turn from your idolatry.” He spoke through the absence of rain. God used this disaster to remind them of His standards (Deuteronomy 11:16,17). His desire was for the people to use this time of withering to leave Baal and return to Him (Ezekiel 18:32).
Do I use my time wisely? Did you evaluate your priorities last week?
God expected Elijah to go talk to the people trying to kill him. King Ahab has been hunting Elijah to kill him for over three years (1 Kings 18:7). God doesn’t say, “Ahab has calmed down.” He doesn’t make any promises of protection. His only promise is rain. But Elijah doesn’t hesitate.
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria, and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. While Jezebel was killing off the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.) (1 Kings 18:2-4 NIV)
This was not the author of the book Obadiah; he will come over two hundred years later. This Obadiah was the palace administrator for wicked King Ahab (1 Kings 16:30-33). Often God places a believer in leadership below an unrighteous dictator. Joseph, Daniel and Nehemiah are examples of light in dark places. Being around Ahab did not reduce Obadiah’s dedication to God. His position probably gave him the necessary information to outsmart Jezebel, as she searched for the prophets. If you believe God is guiding you to run for public office, you are in good company. God places devout servants in difficult pivotal positions.
Passages like today’s makes me hesitant to ever predict, God’s methodology. When someone asks me, “What do you think God will do?” I reply, “Something I would never expect.” God seldom explains what He is doing.
I have more questions than answers as I look these verses:
- Why did God feed Elijah with ravens and a widow, but not work a miracle for the other prophets?
- How did Obadiah feed 100 prophets in the midst of a severe drought and famine? Was it miraculous as well?
Many American believers are starting to imagine what it might be like to be hunted down by someone like Jezebel. Only the most righteous were in danger of being discovered by her. I pray fear will never keep you or I from fulling our purpose. We can fight our fear by focusing on scripture.
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident… Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:1-3, 14 NIV)
Even though I do not have anyone trying to kill me, I have to fight fear, hopelessness, and helplessness. I fight the feelings with God’s truth.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:11, 12 NIV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV)
- Share the verses that give you courage and your favorite promises from God.