Topic: Living Godly Among the Ungodly
[DCLM Daily Manna 7th August 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: 1 Kings 18:1-16 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly)” (1 Kings 18:3).
A Christian employee of an oil company was posted to a place where corruption was the norm. People watched keenly to see how he would cope and remain incorruptible. But by God’s grace and to their astonishment, he worked there without compromising his Christian convictions.
The case of Obadiah is noteworthy. He lived and worked in a sinful environment – in the household of Ahab and his idolatrous wife, Jezebel. Yet, he “feared the LORD greatly”. When Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, he hid one hundred of them and fed them.
Today, there are arguments in religious circles on whether a man can live a life free from sin or not. A question to ask is, did God create man for him to live in sin? God made man in His righteous image and he lived without sin until the devil came to introduce sin to Adam and Eve. But the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, came and paid the price for the sins of mankind through His death and resurrection and made salvation freely available to all.
The Church in Rome “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered to [them], and being then made free from sin [they] became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:17,18). The mark of genuine salvation is freedom from sin, because “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). God is honoured as His children remain blameless and harmless in a crooked and perverse nation among whom they shine as lights. This is the resurrected life every believer must live.
Thought For The Day: It is virtuous to be pure in the midst of ungodliness.
Bible Reading In One Year: Jeremiah 1-3