Do Not Be Afraid

(Genesis 15:1)

The Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Gen. 15:1). These words were spoken shortly after Abram had given his nephew Lot the choice of territories. Lot chose what appeared to be the best, Jordan’s well-watered plain. Abram, however, looked to the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Thus, he lost nothing.
Then the Lord appeared and seemed to say, “Your nephew Lot trusted in what he could see. He followed the leaning of his own judgment and chose what seemed best for his immediate advantage. Abram, do not be afraid, you will not lose, for I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward. You have chosen the good part, and it will not be taken from you. Do not worry.”
The patriarch might have responded, “O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance” (Ps. 16:5-6).
Beloved, you have seen others suffer losses, and it has probably depressed you. Regardless of what happens, do not be alarmed. God is your defense and refuge in the day of your trouble (Ps. 59:16). You will be most secure in Him. You may have losses and afflictions, but they will not overwhelm you. You will be kept by God’s power. He will deliver you out of every trial and affliction. He will be your shield and your exceedingly great reward.
-Charles Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters


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