“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1
Abram had moved away from Ur. He and his nephew, Lot, separated to different areas. Several kings of the area decided to go to war with Lot and captured him. Abram went in and rescued lot. Later God gives Abram a vision that He would be his shield and great reward.
People look to many different things to protect them. The most common things are a large bank account, retirement fund, a job, or family. It is commonly thought that if a person has enough money, nothing can hurt them. Yet, even with all the money in the world, none of it will stop some forms of cancer or other sicknesses. Even in great jobs, people get laid off. Family turns on each other or move away. These things are all temporary and cannot be relied upon.
God is the only one who is there through it all. He will be your shield that no weapon can get through. No army is large enough to break through God’s defenses. The only thing that is allowed to get past God is what He allows. Everything that He allows to get through is for your own good.
This is where He is also your great reward. What better thing could you have than God on your side? He provides abundantly for all of your needs.
God is not just some temporary reward, like a large bank account or retirement fund. God is there for all eternity, day and night. He is always available and trustworthy.
Bank accounts, jobs, and family will all fail at times. God will never fail you.
Abram wondered how God would reward him since he did not have a son. In time God gave him a son in a miraculous way. God gave him many nations and through him all nations were blessed.
What can God do for and through you?
Are you looking to God as your great shield and reward?
I pray today that you will know how God shields you; that you will know the reward you have in Jesus; that you will know God is for you; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.