”After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, FEAR NOT, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” ~ Genesis 15:1
FEAR NOT: God is our Shield and Reward
The Lord is our SHIELD, nothing can come into our lives to harm us or hurt us. This challenges our perspective on the “bad stuff” we experience.
If the Lord is our SHIELD of protection, then it means that the “bad stuff” we sometimes experience must be part of God’s master plan to bring about our good. As Romans 8:28 tells us, “ALL things work together for good” for those who belong to the Lord.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
As hard as it is to fathom, the beatings and stonings that Paul received (2 Corinthians 11:23-33) were to His great benefit. 1 Peter 4:13 instructs us to “rejoice” when we share in Christ’s sufferings. And Jesus Himself calls those who suffer persecution for His sake “Blessed” (Matthew 5:10-11).
Clearly, suffering, pain, trials, are not pleasant: they HURT! But the Lord, our SHIELD, will not allow anything that will destroy us to pass by Him: ALL things that come into our lives are for our good.
The challenge for us is to believe, to accept in faith that God has not “let us down”, but rather that He is lifting us up and carrying us through the fire, the purifying fire that melts away all the dross, the impurities, from our lives (Malachi 3:1-4).
Finally, the verse tells us that The Lord is our “exceeding great REWARD”. The ultimate reward for the life we live is not money/wealth, popularity/fame, ease, good-health or anything else that life in the flesh offers. The reward for Believers is God Himself. What a reward!!!
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14
Friends, Brothers and Sisters, let us keep our eyes on that prize, on that REWARD. As we do, The Lord Himself will shield us through to the finish line in victory (Philippians 1:6): FEAR NOT!!!
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.