Genesis 15:1 A Very Great Reward

Great reward

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

Rewards are something that a person gets for doing something good. They are coveted by many people. Often the work being done, is done in order to get reward. People want to be recognized for their work.

What the reward is can be different and diverse as the there are people. Rewards can be money, a plaque, a key, one’s picture posted up on a wall, a piece of metal, or one of many other things.

The reward can also be non-physical things, such as the satisfaction of a job well done, the joy on someone else’s face, peace, or safety. Many people find their reward in joy in knowing that they had accomplished something or helped someone else.

None of these rewards are necessarily good or bad, they are just rewards that people get. However, there is one reward that a person can get that supersedes all other rewards.

Abram had successfully rescued his nephew Lot from some kings. He was offered a great monetary reward, but he turned it down. When he turned it down, God stepped in an told Abram to not be afraid, that He was his very great reward.

The greatest reward a person can ever get is God, Himself. Having God in one’s life is the best that a person can get. God is eternal and perfect love. He is all-powerful and in control. When God is a person’s reward, he does not need to fear, he has absolutely everything that he could ever want or need. The person has the best thing possible.

Every person has the ability to have God as his reward. All he must do is believe in and follow Jesus. God will then become his very great reward. With that reward comes peace, joy, and eternal life. There is no other need that a person will ever have.

As you are going through this life, do not look for the rewards that people give, but look to the reward God is willing to give you. He gives Himself to you. Having God in your life is more than you will ever need. God will provide for more than any other reward given.

Are you satisfied with having God as your very great reward?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that God will be all that you need; that you will know God as your very great reward; and that God will remove all fear in your life. 

John 14:27 Unusual Peace

Calm Lake

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

As Jesus is giving His last words to the disciples, before being taken captive and crucified, He tells them that He wants to give them peace. This is a different type of peace and so the disciples are not to be afraid.

Talk of peace is something that is common around the world. Very few people are really against having peace. Many countries are talking about wanting peace, sometimes in their own country, other times between two other nations. Peace treaties are discussed among nations all the time. Yet, true peace is never found.

The majority of the people in this world see peace as just the absence of conflict or trouble. The look at a calm lake with no ripples in it and think of peace. While this is true to a point, that is not the peace that Jesus was giving the disciples.

Jesus gave a peace that an individual can experience between himself and God. In that peace it can be one of no conflict or struggles.

God’s peace is unusual. He never promised that there would be no other conflicts or struggles. In fact, Jesus promised that a believer will have trouble in this world. He said that believers would be hated and persecuted. To the normal mind, this is not peace, but trouble and fear.

The peace that Jesus gave was that God is with the believer and that no matter what happens, God is still in control and will win in the end. The believer can have peace knowing that in the end he will win because he is in Christ Jesus and God is on his side. That brings a peace that the world cannot understand.

As you are going through struggles and troubles in this world or are seeing the conflicts in this world, look to God. Seek His peace. Rest in His promises that He would keep you, guide you and be with you always. Know that God will win in the end and you will win with Him.

Knowing these things will bring an unusual peace, despite the troubles this world can show or cause. Do not be anxious or worried in fear. Accept God’s peace.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that you will trust God is in control; that you will allow God to guide you in this life; and that you will be ready for when Jesus returns.

 

Don’t Be Afraid: Good News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

While some shepherds were out tending their sheep, suddenly an angel appeared in the sky, causing the shepherds to be afraid. He told them to not be afraid because he was there to bring some great news. This news was that a savior had been born.

At the time of this event, Israel had already been destroyed as a nation for several hundred years, and the Romans were in control. The Romans were very harsh in that if they did not serve Rome correctly, they would be killed or put in prison. The people had to pay a very high tax to support the Roman government. There appeared to be no hope for them at all.

Today, nearly 2,000 years later, many people live as if there is no real hope. Everything seems to be falling apart and chaos seems to reign. Bills are due, vehicles break down, families fight, there are wars and violence everywhere, crime seems to be winning, corrupt lifestyles appear to be gaining power, and no one appears to be in control.

In spite of all that is going on in this world or in your personal life, there is still good news. Jesus said that you are not to let your heart be troubled and to just trust in Him, because He will give you His peace.

Jesus was the Savior who was born that day in Bethlehem. He was the One who the angels said was good news. He is still the good news for you today.

Just as Jesus was the Savior for the shepherds and Israel, He can be your Savior today. Even though everything may look hopeless in this world, Jesus brings a hope for a future, an eternity in heaven filled with abundant life.

Accept what Jesus is willing to give you today. Trust that He is the One who will save you. Rejoice that God is still bringing good news to everyone as you celebrate Christmas today!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

I pray that today you will know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; that you will know the peace God is providing you; that you will not be afraid of this world; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

Joshua 1:9 Don’t Be Afraid Or Discouraged

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Moses had died and Joshua was now the leader of the Israelites. He was the one to lead them across the Jordan river into the land of Canaan. It was not going to be a simple and easy task to do, with over a million people. Yet, God commands him to be strong and courageous because He will be with him.

Fear is an extremely common factor in many people’s lives. It is common for people to fear something. They fear losing a job, a sickness, death, ridicule, persecution, and many other things.

The other thing most people have is discouragement. Things did not go as planned and so they are discouraged. Often people try something over and over, and keep failing. After a time of trying, they start to get discouraged, thinking that they will never be able to accomplish the required task.

As Joshua was leading the people into the land of Canaan, there would be many challenges and setbacks. Many battles would be won, while some would be lost. The challenge of getting across the Jordan River would be faced. The failure of the people or individuals would create problems. It would be easy to get discouraged and start to fear that God’s plan would never happen.

In your life, there has most likely been some serious challenges. In some of those, there has most likely been some failures. It would be easy to start to fear and be discouraged.

Yet, God is with you. As He commanded Joshua to not be afraid or discouraged and to be courageous, God is saying the same things to you today. Jesus said that He would be with you and that He has given you all authority and power. Jesus said to not be afraid.

What are you fearing? God knows what is best for you.

Why are you discouraged? God has plans for you and He is in control.

Are you trusting God’s plans for your life?

Or do you trust your own plans and get discouraged when they don’t work?

I pray today that you will know the plans God has for you; that you will trust God in your life; that God’s love will remove all fear; that you will not be discouraged when God changes your plans; and that God will use you to do great things.