Genesis 15:1 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.”
There was a movie that came out in 2005, called Wedding Crashers. I didn’t see it, but the premise was that these two guys crashed weddings of total strangers in order to meet women. Party crashers can ruin a party. They aren’t invited, they don’t really know anyone, and they mess things up. Let’s pretend you are throwing a party and there is someone you intentionally don’t invite. You don’t invite them because you have a history with them that is less than pleasant. They hurt you, they slandered you, they are mean. Whatever the reason, they aren’t invited. But somehow they hear about your little shindig and show up. How do you feel about that?
Abram had someone crash his party. In the previous chapter, he had just made a bold stand against the king of Sodom. He turned down a big gift and put his faith in God. It’s a big thing to say no to a king and a bigger thing to trust that what you can’t see will come to pass. And right in the middle of this party of faith, fear tried to crash the party. Maybe he made a mistake. Maybe he should have taken the money from the king. What if he made the king mad? What if God didn’t come through? Yes, fear crashed his party.
That’s when God showed up like a bouncer and kicked fear out: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” He spoke directly into that fear and addressed the places it was messing with Abram. Fear told him that he would be harmed, but God told him that HE was his shield. Fear told him that he just made a huge mistake by passing up on the money, but God reminded him that HE was his reward. It’s like God said, “Excuse me fear, I need to see your invitation to this party.” Fear didn’t have one so God kicked him out.
*Is fear crashing your party? What will you do when it comes knocking at your door?