Choose to Trust
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.” Genesis 15:1
The rescue mission must have rattled Abram. He returned home safe but shaken after he and 300 of his household defeated the hostile kings who’d taken his relatives captive (Genesis 14:1–16). Why had God brought him to such a dangerous place? What would prevent enemies from capturing Abram’s family and taking all his possessions?
Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation. Adversity descended on you without warning, threatening not only your possessions but also you and your loved ones.
Unexpected adversity can breed fear. A devastating tornado, a medical diagnosis, or a global pandemic can upend our lives and plummet us into a pit of fear. How do we get out?
We allow God to comfort us, strengthen us, and reassure us. That’s what he did for Abram. Genesis 15:1 begins with “after this”—referring to the events of chapter 14. God knew how vulnerable and unsettled Abram felt, so he appeared to Abram in a vision. God said, “Do not be afraid. … I am your shield [protection], your very great reward [abundant provision].”
Reassurance is exactly what I need from God when fear knocks on my door. Satan wants us to yield to the voices that whisper, “You’re in big trouble now. Who can help you? No one knows what’s going to happen. Expect the worst.”
Fear seems to be the logical response—definitely a human response. But God doesn’t want us to react that way. He says to us, as he said to Abram, “I can protect you. I can provide for you. I will fulfill my promises. Trust me.”
What is fear telling you today? Will you tune your ear to God’s voice instead? Allow Him to surround you with the protective shield of His love and grace. Focus on the privilege of being his beloved child who has been given an eternal inheritance. Listen to his assurance and rely on his character. He is your invincible shield, and his storehouse of provision is full.
Read Genesis 15:1–6. What were Abraham’s concerns? How did God alleviate them? What was Abraham’s response in verse 6?
Read Psalm 57. What does David suggest that we do in times of distress (vv. 7–11)? How do you think that helps us overcome fear?
Read Isaiah 41:8–13. Many people choose to memorize Isaiah 41:10. Why do you suppose that verse is so meaningful to them? What verse(s) have you memorized to calm yourself when you feel afraid?
Denise K. Loock
This devotion is part of our series, “Do Not Be Afraid.”