“AFTER THESE things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.’” Genesis 15:1 (Ampl)
God gave four promises to Abraham when he declined possessions the King of Sodom offered him for rescuing his people and all that had been stolen from his city. Abraham didn’t want anyone to think that it was the King of Sodom that made him rich. Because his trust was solely in Lord for his provision, God said,
- “Fear not….” Don’t be afraid, Abraham.
- “I am your Shield….” I will protect you!
- “I am your abundant compensation….” I will supply all that you need!
- “Your reward shall be exceedingly great.”
Wouldn’t it have been so easy to simply take all the possessions he won in the battle from the enemy kings? He had won the battle, saved all the people, and returned them to their city with all their possessions. But, Abraham understood who really won the battle! It was God, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth that had given him victory! He refused to take any credit or reward for it! How could he have such trust? His example teaches us three ways to align our hearts to experience the same blessings God gave him.
First, we must acknowledge that God is the possessor of heaven and earth. Abraham got that. He told the King of Sodom,
“… I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’” Genesis 14:22-23 (Ampl)
When we acknowledge God as the possessor of heaven and earth, we can rest in the confidence that He will provide all we need. He is our source and supply, not our jobs, our savings, or our friends and family. We can stop worrying about our finances. The Psalmist wrote:
“Every animal in the forest belongs to Me, and so do the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds in the mountains, and every wild creature is in My care. If I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you, because I own the world and everything in it.” Psalm 50:10-12 (CEV)
Like Abraham, the Psalmist understood God as the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth.
The Psalmist is saying that God owns everything! He owns it all! God made it all, including you and me. He is the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth! We don’t own anything! None of our possessions really belong to us. How much of what you possess can you take with you when you die? Nothing! Someone once said, “When you die, you take with you all that you are and leave behind everything you have!” I saw a sign once at an old antique store when I was driving through a small East Texas town that read, “Dead People’s Stuff.” Great description for antiques, isn’t it? Possessions may possess us, but we never really possess them! That’s the trouble with possessions. We get more attached with the stuff God made than the Maker Himself. Then, we begin to think we own it. This is my stuff! Really? We start to put our stuff ahead of people. Don’t mess with my stuff! Be careful with my stuff! We start loving our stuff and using people rather than just using stuff and loving people. We need a different perspective. We need to acknowledge that God is the Possessor of heaven and earth, that God owns it all. Everything we have belongs to Him! When we do, we are free! We are free from worry and anxiety and fear! And we can rest in His promise as the Possessor to provide! We can start praying for God’s provision claiming Philippians 4:19:
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Tomorrow, we’ll look at another step Abraham took that we can take to align our hearts to experience God’s blessing and provision.