“Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly, and when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.” (1 Kings 18)
Obadiah seems to be one of the great forgotten people in the Bible. He is virtually unknown compared to David, Moses, etc. But he’s not a nobody. What he did was not only praiseworthy; it was truly remarkable. At the risk of losing his life had he been caught, he saved a hundred of God’s prophets and fed them. What he did was both loving and courageous. And the key to it all was because he feared the Lord greatly. Others during his time probably feared the Lord too; but his reverence for God was greater than theirs, for he feared the Lord GREATLY. Great acts of love and courage require great fear and reverence for the Lord.
How much do we fear the Lord? Do we dare to do great things for him and his people?
Lord, help me to fear you greatly so that I may love and serve your people greatly. Amen.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? Here is John Owen’s answer:
To fear sin is to fear the Lord; so the holy man tells us that they are the same: “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil, that is understanding” (Job 28:28)
– John Owen, The Power and Efficacy of Indwelling Sin