"After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)
Have you ever performed a bold and a courageous act for the Lord and after it was over ever had second thoughts and maybe even said “what have I done?” You may have quit a job or turned down some work on godly principles or stood up for righteousness and raised the eyebrows of some very influential or powerful people and then wondered, "What if they retaliate?" or "How am I going to pay the rent now?"
Abram found himself in a predicament like that. In rescuing his nephew, Lot, with his 318 trained servants, Abram defeated 4 kings who—in the future—may want to even the score with this stranger to the land. He also refused to take the reward offered him by the King of Sodom and to add to that, in a sense Abram insulted the King of Sodom by saying, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’ " (Genesis 14:22-23). If Abram’s servants were anything like Elisha’s servant (2 Kings 5:20), they wanted to at least understand why they could not get something for risking their lives.
Can you see how second thoughts and fear could be running through Abram’s mind? But before those thoughts could go to far, God gives Abram a word and that word begins with “fear not.” God would not have said “fear not” if fear was not trying to grip Abram. The Lord then begins to redirect Abram’s thinking by reminding him that God is his shield of protection (which is why his band of 318 trained servants were able to defeat an army of 4 kings). The Lord also reminded Abram—and reminds us—that you can never give up too much for God and not be blessed because He is not only our protection, but our reward (Mark 10:28-30). There is no reward any greater.
Pray that as God opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes to the host of angels that were for Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17), He would open our hearts to the word of God when second thoughts of fear want to grip us. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Let’s thank God for the prayer of protection Jesus prayed for us in John 17:15, when He said, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”