Summary: What happens when we are wore out?
Sermon: Fatigue has come.
- Fear, This has been the word that has gripped our world since the beginning of this
- Now Fear has boiled over to fatigue.
Q- How many of you are tired of masks, hand sanitizers, fear of going out, & simply
making one wrong move & touch something, & then you’re sick?
- Fear is an immense opponent, but fatigue is an even greater foe.
Q- In scripture the name Elijah is well recognized, but how often do we recognize the
name of Obadiah?
- Obadiah is going to be our example this morning. We try to serve the Lord in every
way we can.
Q- What happens when our plans are not what God has in mind?
- This is a time that the worship of Baal & Astarte was great in Samaria. The false
prophets of both of these false gods greatly outnumbered those of God.
- Obadiah knew who the real God is, & he worked for Him.
- Listen now to what took place just before Elijah slew the 850 false prophets.
3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly:
4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.
6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?
8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
10 As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.
13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.
15 And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
- Obadiah protected the prophets, but when God asked Him (Through Elijah) to go
back & present Elijah it was too much.
- Obadiah wasn’t afraid to stick up for God in hiding the prophets. It’s because it was
- When God presented the way Obadiah was harder to convince.
- Obadiah was wearied because he didn’t see the solution.
- When God gives us the way. We can’t be wearied, & not go in it. We must rise &
walk in it.
- An easy phrase to say, but hard to live by is,
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
- I know, that sounds wrong.
Q- What happens when the rubber meets the road?
Q- How do we respond when God says, Let’s do this?
- Obadiah was set in How he was serving the Lord, but God had something more for
him to do.
- God wanted Obadiah to introduce Elijah to King Ahab.
- That doesn’t sound that hard, but when we’re talking about Elijah we have to
remember. When Elijah came on the scene in 1 Kings 17: it was only to challenge
Ahab. He prophesied there would be a drought because of Ahab’s evil.
- Then, Elijah went off the map. He hid near the brook Cherith, & the ravens fed him.