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
God made this promise to Abram after he emerged victorious from a great battle. He came out of the battle with great spoils and was met by Melchizedek, a High priest of the Most High God. In appreciation for God’s protection in the battle and the subsequent victory, Abram tithed a tenth of all the income from the spoils of battle to Melchizedek. As a response to His offering, God appeared to Abram and affirmed His promises to him.
• I am your shield. That referred to protection in time of battle. In the days of Abram, people fought constant battles both to acquire property and to defend their property and so protection was crucial. As a result, people formed alliances with stronger individuals whom they called upon for help. God entered into battle alliance with Abram and joined Himself to Abram’s army.
• I am your exceedingly great reward. God promised Abram he would not only fight in his army but would also reward his work. He did not promise just a reward but exceedingly great reward.
These are all blessings associated with entering into a covenant of tithing with God. When we tithe, Jehovah becomes our partner in battle. In these days, we do not fight with literal swords and shields, neither do we as individuals battle with nations but the principle is the same. Whatever battle you fight, God becomes your shield and rewards your efforts exceedingly when you covenant with Him through the tithe.
Prayer: Lord, as I honour you with the tithe, I receive my full covenant blessings in Jesus’ name.
Scriptural Reading: Genesis 15:1-21
LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL 2017
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