Prayer: Sooth our souls, O God, through the wisdom in your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Elijah’s personal connection
15 Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”
Obadiah was afraid even though he was a servant of God. Ahab, the king, was trying to wipe out all of the prophets and Obadiah was hiding one hundred of them in caves. As he was searching for more water he met up with Elijah, the number one and most wanted prophet. Obadiah, who was also working for King Ahab, was required to report where Elijah was, but he knew that when Ahab went to find Elijah, he would be gone and Obadiah’s life would be at risk too. But Elijah had connections. He could confidently say that Obadiah would be safe because he would present himself before Ahab that very day.
Elijah also knew that God would protect him. He also was well connected. Our devotion writer tells us; “We, too, have a personal connection. The Holy Spirit is in our very being. When we find ourselves in a crisis, we can trust that God will give us the staying power to follow through.”
Prayer: “Thank you for standing with us, God, just as you stood with Elijah. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
1 Kings 18:1-16
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Elijah’s Message to Ahab
18 After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year of the drought, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send rain on the earth.” 2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. 3 Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the Lord greatly; 4 when Jezebel was killing off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets, hid them fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water.) 5 Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.” 6 So they divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself.
7 As Obadiah was on the way, Elijah met him; Obadiah recognized him, fell on his face, and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” 8 He answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.” 9 And he said, “How have I sinned, that you would hand your servant over to Ahab, to kill me? 10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom to which my lord has not sent to seek you; and when they would say, ‘He is not here,’ he would require an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. 11 But now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.’ 12 As soon as I have gone from you, the spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have revered the Lord from my youth. 13 Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred of the Lord’s prophets fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water? 14 Yet now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here’; he will surely kill me.” 15 Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.