“And 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.”
Here in Genesis 15:1, the Lord is clearly telling Abram not to fear.
This command can also be seen all throughout the Bible. And this is the same command that Jesus wants us to know. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
We are to fear nothing in this world because we have a great God. We have a powerful God that is greater than any circumstance that we could ever face.
He is greater than any problem, trial, temptation, need, sickness and even death. So the moment that we are feeling scared, pause for a moment and call on Jesus. You will be
amazed by how He will strengthen you (Phil 4;13).
A shield is something or someone that protects. Some of the world’s fictional superheroes have their own shield to protect them from any attack of the enemy.
Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.” Jesus, as our great Shepherd, has a role of a protector.
In this world that is full of dangers and unavoidable calamities, all people want to be protected. People want to be secured. And this God, whose name is JESUS is the only one who could guarantee us a consistent and constant protection.
THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD
I love the word “exceeding.” This word can also be seen in Ephesians 3:20 where Paul said that the Lord is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think.”
To exceed means to go beyond or to be greater. It speaks of greatness, beyond, more than, higher than, over and above. That’s why it’s really good to know Jesus is our exceeding great reward in this world. He is the greatest blessing, the greatest prize that we could ever have.
If we have Jesus, we have everything. We have nothing more to ask for.
If we have Jesus, we do not have enough, because we have MORE than enough.
Guest devotional by Lorraine Gamboa. Lorraine is a worship and youth leader at church. She loves to study more about the words of Jesus! Learn how you can become a guest writer.