Do not be afraid, Abram (Genesis 15:1)

The first passage on this journey will be Genesis 15:1 (the verses will not always go in order from Genesis to Revelation).

“After these events, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward will be very great” (HCSB)

GenesisThis passage comes after God called Abram and his family out of the land they had lived for many years, to a brand new location that Abram would not know of until he arrived there. God called Abram out of his comfort, away from his friends and parents, leaving with his wife, possessions, and nephew Lot. Abram and Lot separate, then Abram rescues Lot and is blessed by Melchizedek. After these events, then, means that after God had called him and these tumultuous times have happened, God comes to Abram and says, “Do not be afraid, Abram.” God promises protection for Abram and God makes a covenant then with Abram that describes the reward that will come through his line of descendants. The passage in Genesis continues on:

“But Abram said, ‘Lord God, what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ Abram continued, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring . . .’ Now the word of the Lord came to him: ‘This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.’ He took him outside and said, ‘Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then He said to him, ‘Your offspring will be that numerous.’ Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:2-6, HCSB)

Abram trusted God, believed in Him, even when there was no physical evidence in front of him that told him God’s promise would come true. In fact, with the age of Abram and Sarai, the physical evidence all pointed to the absolute impossibility of what God had promised. However, Abram does not have to be afraid, God will protect him and God will provide for him in ways Abram could never even imagine.

God does the same thing for us. As God tells Abram not to fear, it reminds us that God is with us. God is near to us, cares for us, and desires relationship with us, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, God does incredible work in and through us that we could never have imagined.

Open your heart to the things of the Lord. Join Him in relationship. Surrender your will to His will and live with purpose for Jesus Christ. Those who live for Christ have nothing to fear in this world.

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