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Genesis 15:1 – Finding Hope and Treasure in God’s Presence

Genesis 15:1 is the first time the Bible uses the phrase “do not be afraid.” It is God’s way of providing assurance and encouragement to Abram, later known as Abraham. The exact verse reads: “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”

After These Things

We might wonder what the Bible means when it says “after these things.” Earlier, a confederation of kings took hostage Abram’s nephew Lot. Abram overtook the kings in a surprise attack at night. Abram took back the hostages and the spoils that the raiding kings collected. 

Abram attacked these kings in a surprise attack by night with only 300 men. It could be that Abram feared retribution. However, God said fear not, I am your shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Is This Verse Just For Abram

Genesis 15:1 is significant for Abram and all believers who seek comfort and guidance in uncertain times. God spoke this verse to Abram. However, “fear not” is included many times in scripture. Thus, He also speaks to us.  

God reminds us of His constant presence, protection, and provision. We can count on this even during our worst challenges and trials.

God reassured Abram not to be afraid. Not only does God understand our emotions, but He has a desire to comfort us. While we will face legitimate reasons to fear, we can trust in God’s promises.

I Am Your Shield

God uses the metaphor of a shield. In Abram’s time, a shield was critical to defend oneself in battle. It helped to protect against attack and keep oneself safe. God wants us to know that He is our ultimate protection. He shields us from danger as we go about life.

Your Exceedingly Great Reward

God also states that he is Abram’s “great reward.” This statement is not talking about material blessings. It discusses the beauty of God’s presence, His promises, and an eternal inheritance to those who follow Him. While God may bless us on earth, our greatest treasure is our relationship with Him.


We will face many challenges, uncertainties, and anxiety-provoking situations. We can be encouraged to trust in God’s faithfulness. Also, in His promises, and find safety in His presence. When we feel overwhelmed with fear, we can know that God is with us, protecting us and guiding our steps.

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