I was reminded this morning of the account of Abram (who latter God would change his name to Abraham) going and rescuing his nephew Lot and the people that he lived amongst (Genesis 14). As Abram returned from victory, the king of Sodom told Abram that he could keep all the spoil that he had taken back, but just release all the people that were taken prisoner. Abram’s response was a very noble one, in that he told the king of Sodom to keep everything, “lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich.”
This stand taken by Abram does not go unnoticed or unrewarded by God. In the very next chapter, God shows up to Abram and tells him, “I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Reminds me of the fact that we are not living for an earthly reward, where moth and rust can corrupt it. We are to be living for a heavenly reward that is laid up for us in heaven. It is so easy to be distracted by the riches this world offers, but our Heavenly Father has in store for us an exceedingly great reward!
Our Father, we are so grateful to know that no matter what this world had to offer us, it is temporary in pleasure, and nothing in light of the exceedingly great reward you have in store for us. Help us Father to bide our time on this earth with our eyes fixed to you in Heaven above while we lay up eternal treasures that no thief can steal away. In Jesus name we pray and humbly ask these things. Amen.