After these events, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward will be very great. Genesis 15:1 HCSB
Occasionally I have experienced apprehension about what the future would bring my way. When we face difficult or frustrating situations in life and wonder what tomorrow will bring, we often feel fearful. This is a natural human reaction, and apparently it was what Abram was feeling.
The Lord came to Abram in a vision and reassured him that He was with him and that he did not have to be afraid of the future. The vision included an assurance from God that He would be Abram’s shield, indicating that God would be his protection just like a shield is a protection in battle. When you are battling life’s greatest challenges, remember that God has promised to be your security no matter what the future might bring.
Abram’s vision also included a promise from God that his reward would be very great. We often think of reward in an earthly context of worldly possessions, but the greatest reward is God Himself. The person who lives a righteous life is one who can experience God and His great grace and love.
Challenge: Remember that God will be with you and be your protector through the difficult times that you might experience. He has promised to walk with you through any problem you may face and will bring a blessing to you if you are one of His children.