“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
God spoke words of comfort to Abram, He telling him to not fear. Just prior to this, Abram had stood for God in dealing with the king of Sodom. (Genesis 14:21-24)
“Do not be afraid. . . “God says very comforting words here. He tells Abram to trust Him. A person’s fears seem to mould one’s personality or at least their mindset. I have found that a lot of people’s peculiar behavior stems from their fears or their hurts.
“I am your shield. . .” God then tells Abram. A shield protects us from the elements. We have windshields in our cars. We carry umbrellas to use when it rains. I carry one in my purse, just in case. In olden times the soldiers carried shields to protect themselves when they were in battle.
“. . . very great reward.” God also identifies Himself as Abram’s reward. The Creator of the universe cared enough about the stand Abram took to give him a special relationship as a reward for how he approached one who was from the world.
God’s rewards to us are many. He forgives us of our sins and we receive eternal life when we allow His Son into our hearts. He gives us peace and confidence that we belong to Him. He gives us blessings every day. God is good to His children.