“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless?”
A Heavenly Treasure
What is it for you? What is that one thing you just have to have? That one thing that would make your life complete? That one thing that, if you only had it, would prove that God loves you?
Four thousand years ago, a man named Abram wanted nothing more than to have a son. He recognized that children are a blessing from the Lord. He may have felt forgotten by the Lord and shamed by society because he and his wife had no children. Worse than that, the Lord had promised Abram that the Savior of the world would be one of his descendants, but he still didn’t have any. And now he was over seventy-five years old.
So, when God came to Abram and promised to bless him, he had a hard time seeing past what was missing in his life. “What can you give me since I remain childless?” he said. “That’s all I want. Nothing else you give me will be enough.”
That day, God repeated his promise that Abram would have a son. God said his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. But he gave him an even better gift. He said, “I am your shield, your very great reward.”
Even if Abram’s hopes and dreams for life in this world were never realized, he still had the Lord. The Lord was with Abram to bless him and protect him. The Lord was with Abram to hear and answer his prayers. The Lord was with Abram to bring him safely through his life on earth to the life he had prepared for him in heaven. And that was proof of the Lord’s love for him.
The Lord is your shield and your reward too. You may never have that one thing you think you can’t live without. But you have a God who loves, protects, and hears you. And he sent his Son to win for you the ultimate gift—life with him in heaven where nothing good is missing.
Lord, you are my shield and my great reward. May this promise make me content. Amen.