I'm reading Genesis again, and I'm struck for the first time with God's great call on Abram's life. He asks the man to leave everything and "go to the land I will show you." There would be blessing! There would be greatness and prosperity!
So Abram follows God into a new land, and instead of prosperity, he finds a great famine there. I'm not kidding. It's right there in Genesis 12:10. This doesn't sound delightful or promising to me. This doesn't sound very glamorous. This sounds hard and unfair. Where's the blessings, greatness, and prosperity?
So I keep reading, and then I find that wonderful truth we've all been waiting for:
"After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield and your very great reward'."
I am your shield and very great reward.
God himself is the very great reward. That's why, even in a great famine, we still have our shield and great reward. We still have our blessing, our greatness, and our prosperity. It's God. No matter what kind of scarcity--whether resources, relationships, insight, or health--we have a great reward in the midst of the famine.
And perhaps that's the only way we know it to be true. Perhaps that's why God called Abram--not to glorious abundance--but to famine.
Believing this truth makes all the difference. Have you found this to be true?