Day 3

For He Is Your Shield

from the Do Not Fear reading plan


Genesis 15:1-21, Psalm 28:6-9, Isaiah 54:1-5, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

BY Oghosa Iyamu

When it comes to self-protection—covering my flaws, my lack, and my inabilities—I’ve got a rather decent stash: pseudostrength, “good” works, showcasing my achievements, people-pleasing, and collecting more “stuff.” And sadly, the list goes on.

But what, you may ask, leads me to attempt this kind of shielding? Two words. Misplaced fear—a worship that is directed toward created things, like the thoughts, opinions, and validation of people (including myself), rather than the Creator, Himself. 

Ouch. And ouch.

Do you relate to this same struggle? Like me, do you run to pseudoshields that not only fail to protect, but actually expose you to the dangers of sin? If so, then today’s passage provides you and I great hope in the midst of our battle! Through this particular story of Abram, we see that fear is rightly placed in the one true God and His word (Psalm 28:6–9). Genesis 15:1 reads, 

“After these events, the word of the LORD came to 
Abram in a vision…” (Genesis 15:1).

Note how the writer is gently drawing the reader back to the previous chapter by saying “after these events.” In Genesis 14, Abram (who at this point had been waiting over two decades for the fulfillment of God’s promise made to him in Genesis 12) rejected the King of Sodom’s goods, his just reward for defeating the eastern kings. What made this an act of faith was not so much what Abram did, but why he did it. Abram feared the Lord, he trusted in His promise and took God at His word. This is reverential fear. This is true worship.

What about you and me? In prolonged seasons of waiting, when we are assaulted by the constricting fumes of panic and the bewildering grip of anxiety, where are we prone to place our fear? In created things or in the Creator Himself? 

Today’s reading in Genesis 15 beckons us to worship—to rightly place our reverent fear in the One true God and His promises found in His word: 

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield; 
your reward will be very great” (v.1).

The Lord came not merely to give Abram a greater reward but to be his great reward. So intimately tender and relationally near is God, to call Abram by name and offer not just His hand of blessing but Himself—the ever-present shield. 

And could it be today, in this very moment, God is calling out to you and to me by name? Reminding us to not be afraid—to rightly place our fear in Him. He invites us to put down our caps and pseudoshields, and to take hold of our true and better covering—Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 12:9–10). He is a faithful protector and He is a faithful provider. What better shield is there to turn to? 

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134 thoughts on "For He Is Your Shield"

  1. Laurie Cope says:

    I became widowed 3 1/2 months ago after walking with my husband through 7 years of cancer. After the funeral, all of my adult children returned to their homes (out of state). It was then that I felt the depth of fear and anxiety of living alone, of my house facing foreclosure, of watching the balance in my small checking account dwindle. I clung to the promises of Scripture regarding God’s care of widows. And then I watched in awe as He solved every problem I faced. While my grief and sorrow continue, I’ve come to internalize the truth that fear is the seedbed of distraction from the Lord. I keep playing that Phil Wickham song in my head with the lyrics, “When all I see is the battle, You see my victory.” Praise God!

  2. Jess Morrissey says:

    I needed to hear this today, the Lords timing is perfect!!!

  3. Sarah Joy Smith says:

    I love this reading so much. God is my shield and I don’t have to carry my anxieties alone. He is faithful. He is on my side.

  4. Kristin Ireland says:

    This is a great reminder of how much he loves and cares for us. Whenever I am anxious I remember that his ways are greater than mine. How gracious our god is, is beyond what our human minds can imagine. Thank you lord for your shield!

  5. Nathalie Gomez says:

    I definitely need to place my fear in God. Just these past few days I been feeling scared and anxious and I just need to learn how to give it all to him. This message says to worship. Which that stood out to me. How do I do that? I feel like I’ve never figured out what works for me to get that worship time

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