Giving in to Our Fear

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“What sin have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death?” 1 Kings 18:9 NASB

Obadiah had been a faithful servant, managing the household of King Ahab. While Ahab had been an evil king, Obadiah had remained faithful to God. While Ahab did more evil “than all who were before him,” Obadiah “feared the Lord greatly.” And, when Queen Jezebel sought to destroy God’s prophets, Obadiah had been willing to hide one hundred.

He seemed like a man whose faith could not be shaken.

But Obadiah reacted very differently when Elijah asked him to tell Ahab that “Elijah is here.” Instead of demonstrating courage and faith, he reacted with fear and worry.

Instead of trusting God, Obadiah imagined that, if he delivered this message, Elijah would be carried away and Obadiah would be killed by Ahab.

But, when Obadiah finally obeyed the prophet, there were no negative consequences. He gave Ahab the message, and the king went to meet the prophet. Obadiah’s life could have been so much simpler if he had trusted in God, and not given in to worry and fear.

How often do we find ourselves doing the same things in our lives. How often do we create moments of uncertainty, fear, and turmoil. Like Obadiah, we can imagine the worst, become as embroiled in projecting how circumstances might develop. Sometimes these consequences take place. But often we discover that we have worked ourselves into a state of turmoil over nothing.

Remember to trust God for every situation you face. If you have questions, simply seek Him. Ask for His guidance, assurance, and protection. The Bible promises that, as you are faithful, and trust Him, He will deliver you from fear and worry. As you commit your ways to Him, acknowledge Him, and don’t rely on your own understanding. He promises to direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6).


Prayer: Father, I commit these situations to You: _________. Guide me to make the right decisions. I trust You. Deliver me from fear and worry. Help me serve You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.