DAY 94 - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE PROMISE
Abraham believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15: 6
After the defeat of the 4 kings, Abram experienced a strange blessing by Melchitzedek, a ‘priest of the Most High God’ (Genesis 14). This was followed by a vision from God.
The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision. God told Abram not to be afraid, because he would be a shield to Abram and would Himself be Abram’s reward. This is the greatest of all the Promises that Abram had received so far. All the other Promises, great as they were, could not compare to the Promise of having God as his Shield (protector) and Reward (blessing).
Despite having just received such a magnificent promise, after God had spoken in this way to Abram, Abram offered God a way around the barrenness problem, suggesting that Eliezer, one of his servants, become the promised heir.
But let's not scoff. This is such an easy thing to do when we become overwhelmed and obsessed with getting our needs met by God. We can forget the God who has given Himself to us completely already in the person of Jesus. The thing that you are looking for, that you think will make your life work better, is met through being able to see Jesus as your ultimate and complete reward.
So here’s the question - is Jesus your reward?
Lord Jesus I receive you as my reward, their is nothing that exceeds receiving your righteousness and enjoying eternal fellowship with you.
FOR THE FAMILY
Print out this colouring-in and let the kids decorate the shield.
Briefly explain this amazing encounter that Abram had with God, where God told him that He is Abram’s shield. Discuss the purpose of a shield.