Genesis 15:1: Provision and protection.

“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:  ‘Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield,  your very great reward.’ “NIVUK

This is the first time in the Bible we read about the Word of the Lord coming to a person. It’s an expression we will find over 100 times in the Old Testament. By faith in God’s Word we can overcome our fears. It’s been pointed out that in this verse God promised Abram both provision and protection:

Protection: ‘’Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield.’’ This is the first of many ‘fear-not’s’ in the Bible. Why might Abram have been afraid? Well, he had just won a battle, but defeated foes don’t like the dishonour of losing. Maybe he feared they would rally, and come back after him – return for another bite, as it were. Eastern kings didn’t take losing lightly, or allow enmity to die quickly. But God promised him that He was his shield. A believer, hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3) can feel even more secure. By the way, notice that God spoke to Abram by name.

Provision: ‘’I am…your very great reward.’’ We thought about this wonderful truth last time. It can also read: ‘’…your reward will be very great.’’ Abram had said ‘No’ to the offer of great wealth, because it was tainted. The Lord made it clear His servant would not lose out. If the Lord is your Shepherd, you can trust Him with your needs. Someone said, ‘God is willing to take full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.’

Warren Wiersbe points out that God’s ‘’I am’’ is more than sufficient for man’s ‘I am not.’ That’s good to know.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your personal word – that you still speak to your people by name.

HE IS RISEN…WHAT MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID. A MOST BLESSED AND HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL.