Genesis 15 records God’s encouragement to Abraham after Abraham had gone to war with the neighboring tribes. He tells Abraham “Don’t be afraid, Abram, I’m your shield.”

This phrase, “I’m your shield” means that God will protect Abraham in his journeys through life. He will be present with Abraham and will never desert him even in times of trouble and distress. This image is repeated for us in the Psalms and elsewhere that God is a shield for his people. He will secure us from all evils, always coming between us and harm. If this is the case, and it is, it should silence all perplexing, tormenting fears Abraham could have. It sould silence our fears also.

Unfortunately, like Abraham, you and I are imperfect people. Although we sit here and I write (and you read) these thoughts about Abraham we intend to trust God and not be afraid, we still are easily distracted from God’s promises through the course of our day to day living and need regular reminders. That’s why we need to spend a few moments everyday with God and his Word.

When you embark on your daily battles, I hope you remember God’s promise to be your shield.