Genesis 15:1 states “After 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.”
It is noteworthy to recognize that not only does God assures Abram of his personal protection (I am your shield) but also assures him of his personal provisions (thy exceeding great reward). Abram, who had rejected the offer of the earthly king of Salem was being rewarded now by God, the heavenly King of kings, himself. Secondly, it is important to note, that in a world where reward is generally materialistic and expected as something that given for one’s action and achievements, God, here is saying that Abram’s reward was not some materialistic article, but that God, the possessor of all materials (heaven and earth), himself, was his reward.
Points to ponder:
Those who reject possessions from wicked ones (as was the king of Salem) can be assured that God will reward them by being their reward himself. The choice we have is to either choose a reward for ourselves and accept that which we are offered, or let God choose for us, himself, as our reward. And when God is our reward, we have not need for any other materialistic possessions, for God, Most High, is the possessor of the heaven and the earth. Is God, reward?
Genesis 15:1 (KJV)
15 After 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.