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  • Alan Fong

A Great Reward

Today’s Verse:

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. ~Genesis 15:1

When I think of a reward, what comes to my mind is compensation for finding something or someone that is missing. Law enforcement agencies will offer a substantial reward that leads to the finding and arrest of a wanted criminal. People who lose a valuable item offer a reward for its finding. This morning, let us see how Abraham received the reward of faith.

We see the derivation.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Faith arises where the Word of God is received. We read that the Word of the Lord came to Abraham in vv. 1, 4, 7, and 18. In v. 17, the Lord came to him as a burning lamp. God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We need God’s Word to move us to acts and prayers of faith. We need God’s Word to strengthen our faith. God’s Word is truth. God’s Word can be trusted. God’s Word is the means for building our faith. By faith, Abraham obeyed God, left his father’s country, and looked for a country whose builder and maker is God.