Friday, August 11, 2017
Obadiah’s name means “worshipper of the Lord God.” He was in charge of the king’s palace, possibly equivalent to a chief of staff today. Those were ominous times. The nation had gone totally away from God. The king and queen promoted the worship of false gods. The king “did more to provoke the anger of the Lord… than all the kings of Israel before him” (1 Kings 16:33).
In spite of all that, Obadiah did not allow his high position in the king’s palace to corrupt him. Hard circumstances did not weaken his resolve to serve God. When the queen persecuted and killed God’s prophets, Obadiah took 100 of them, hid them, and supplied them with food and water (1 Kings 18:3-4). During all that time, he remained very humble (1 Kings 18:7).
Father in heaven, blessed be your glorious name. You alone are our God and Master. Worship is due to you alone.
We bring to you the vast world of Islam. What a responsibility you have given us! What honor! We bow down before your majesty to intercede for Muslims. Only you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, can bring them by the millions to your Kingdom. We pray there will be many believers from Muslim backgrounds as devoted to you as Obadiah was.
Lord, let them experience the power of lives transformed by the cross of Christ. During times of persecution and testing, may they have the boldness to serve the community of the faithful. Give them the courage and resolve to be always true and loyal to Jesus, and ready to practice their faith at great risk to their status and even to their life.
In the precious name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
He is not afraid of bad news. His heart remains secure, full of confidence in the Lord (Psalm 112:7, GW).