Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-6
“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: ‘This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.’ And He brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Thus He said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be,’ and he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:4-6)
After the warfare had ended and Abram had the encounter with Melchizedek, the Lord came to Abram in a vision — “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great” (v. 1). Surely Abram had some fear. Would the kings come back after him? He had only 318 trained fighters (14:14). What would be consequences be? It was precisely at that moment that the word of the Lord came to Abram — “Fear not, for I am your shield.”
God comes to us and assures us of His protection and presence. When we are facing fearful circumstances, God is always with us. He is our shield and we can find great comfort in those words — “Fear not, for I am your shield.”
God also said to Abram — “Your reward shall be very great.” Abram had forfeited the spoils of war (14:21-24). Now God made a promise to be his reward. There is no greater reward than this. Many have given much for the sake of the kingdom, but no matter what you give up, it is worth it, for God is your reward.
Earlier God promised Abram that he would have many descendants (13:16). The problem was that Abram had no children of his own. He was 75 years old when he left Haran. This event took place over 10 years later. His only heir was Eliezer of Damascus, who was probably his favorite servant. Abram was struggling — “O Lord, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
This is when God repeated His promise to Abram — “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” God went on to assure Abram that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in heaven.” All of this seemed impossible. It was too good to be true.
But Abram responded to God’s promises — “And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness” (v. 6). We will see the significance of this verse in the next post. The question for us today is — Do we believe the promises of God, even when they seem impossible? Remember — “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
Lord God, give me the faith to believe You even when things seem impossible. I know that Your promises are true and that You will never fail to do what You say You will do. I confess that there are times when I am weak in faith. In the end, I know that You will always be faithful to me and You will fulfill all your promises. You are my shield and my very great reward. I know I can trust You to protect me and to provide for me.
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