Since the age of 14, I’ve been working various jobs. The older I’ve gotten, the greater the need for a job in order to pay my bills. When the phone, cable, rent, and loans are due – the less it seems I have in my bank account. Life in biblical times wasn’t just about how many cattle you had but more importantly, whether you had children. That was the reward of marriage. God had made a covenant with Abram and his wife, Sarai, and yet their arms were still empty of the promised child.
God’s promise to Abram wasn’t a reward for leaving his home country. God chose Abram for a reason: to be the line from which the Messiah would be born. Yet, God could see the fear Abram had as he looked at his age and that of his wife. Instead of immediately comforting Abram with the promised son, He comforts Abram with Himself.
Have you looked at your situation and saw your lack? Maybe you’re still single, unsure of what career path to take, or you constantly check your bank account praying money will miraculously appear. Whatever makes you fearful within your heart, God tells you not to fear. He is your shield – the source of protection from the enemy’s lies and a covering to keep you from harm. God reveals Himself to be our exceedingly great reward just as He did with Abram. When we believe in His promises He rewards us with more of Himself. That is the greatest honor we can receive from Him.