GOD DELIVERS US FROM FEAR THROUGH HIS WORD OF COVENANT CARE AND FULFILLMENT
A Sunday Message from Genesis 15:1
By Pastor Glem Melo
In Genesis 14, we read how Abram and his 300 trained men defeated the “joined forces” of 4 foreign kings and their armies (verses 1-16). Then the king of Sodom came to meet him (17). He enjoyed the kindness and friendship of Melchizedek, King of Salem (18-20), but he had to refuse the offer of the king of Sodom (21-24). Surrounded by hostile, pagan kingdoms and nations, Abram struggled with fear. To deliver him from emotional turmoil and debilitation, God comforted him with His word of promise – of covenant care and fulfillment.
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (Genesis 15:1)
Living in a fallen world, we struggle constantly with fears and worries. And it’s not just because of health, relational and financial issues. The Lord Jesus tells us in John 15:18-21,
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”
God’s word to Abram in Genesis 15:1 is His word to us as well. Let us praise and thank our covenant Lord who comfort us with His word of promise – of covenant care and fulfillment. Surrounded by God’s enemies and ours, we can count on His unfailing protection and preservation. Suffering as pilgrims and aliens in a fallen world, we can count on Him to fulfill His promise of a new heaven and new earth. As we continue in the life of faith and discipleship, He pledges to reward us greatly and exceedingly.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, our unfailing covenant King and Father exhorts us, “Fear not.” By clinging to His word of covenant care and fulfillment, let us overcome all fears and by His grace continue in the life of obedient faith and service to which our Master and Savior called us.