(NIV1984) 1 Kings 18:15-16 – “Elijah said, ‘As the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.’
“So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.”
I can almost see Elijah sighing here, like, “Why does everyone react this way?”, before finally speaking. And these words, from him, are a two-fold promise – one, he’s assuring Obadiah that he will be there when Ahab comes back, and two, he’s (re-)promising to God that he will do what God told him to do.
Interesting that he doesn’t tell Obadiah not to fear.
And his words do have the desired effect – Obadiah does, in the end, go to Ahab & tell him, and Ahab, of course, goes “to meet Elijah” (NIV1984, 1 Kings 18:16). With Elijah’s words, Obadiah has some assurance that he, at least, will be safe.
But now I can see the possibility for a second impact of Obadiah’s words – although he is describing his own fear in light of what he’s done, there’s a possibility that these words are sinking into Elijah’s mind and also driving him to fear. His words, then, are, again, a restatement of his obedience to God in the face of that fear.