“Obadiah was in charge of Ahab’s palace, but he faithfully worshiped the LORD. In fact, when Jezebel was trying to kill the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah hid one hundred of them in two caves and gave them food and water.” Ahab and Jezebel could have starred in the series House of Cardsby just being themselves. They were a real king and queen who were thoroughly selfish and evil in all of their dealings. Ahab, enabled and encouraged by his pagan wife, did away with the true worship of God and established the worship of Baal in the land of Israel.
But this did not mean that God was not active. In fact, the Lord was working behind the scenes to undermine the systemic evil in the kingdom through a person, Obadiah, who was devoted to God. Obadiah was not a prophet, a seer, or a priest. He was a man working in an ungodly world, doing the best he could to serve the Lord. Just because he was not Elijah did not mean that God couldn’t use Obadiah in the scheme of his will.
Our ordinary everyday jobs and work have been ordained by God to use us where we are. Rather than lamenting our limitations or wishing the situation were different, we all have an opportunity for God to work through us in our current positions and stations in life. Every one of us has the opportunity every day to integrate our faith and our work through connecting biblical ethics to concrete applications at our jobs; working evangelistically and seeing our workplaces as mission fields; interpreting our work through a Christian worldview, and discerning that our vocation is a calling from God; and, knowing that our work is a means of God transforming and sanctifying us.
How do you view your job? How might you connect your faith and your work? How does your job reflect the nature and character of God? In what ways do you think God wants to use you at your workplace?
Sovereign God, you cause nations to rise and to fall, leaders to rule and be brought down. Take my life and my work and use it in redemptive ways that glorify the name of Jesus and exemplify the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.