I returned home one day from work and my wife told me that we were going to a “resort area” near our house because we had won a prize. I was not sure what this was all about, but I was always up for a free prize. I remember driving all over the place to find this “resort area” that was supposedly near our house. When we finally arrived at the “resort area,” we found it to be a campground. We were fine with that … we like camping. After finding the building we were to meet in to get our free prize, we met a very aggressive salesman. He took us on a tour and explained how wonderful it would be to have our vacations planned for the next 1,000 years (slight exaggeration … to match his exaggerations). He explained how “cheap” it would be in the long run (the price stretched over the next 1,000 years), and what an investment it would be in our children’s lives. You have probably heard the stories before. Finally, after telling him we were not interested and convincing him that we were too poor to afford this wonderful opportunity, we were told we could pick up our free prize … a gas grill … in another area. We were excited to get our free gas grill. I was envisioning cooking steaks, hot dogs, and hamburgers when we got back home. When we were handed the smallest grill I have ever seen in my life. I would be lucky to be able to fit two hamburgers on it at once. And the gas for the grill … we would need to purchase a “Bunsen Burner” like we used in science class in High School. Not much of a prize.
I was reading this morning and came across an incredible statement. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward’” (Genesis 15:1). Abram was without a child (that God had promised), and he was becoming worried that he had missed something. Have you ever felt that way with something you expected from your Christian life, but have not gotten yet? Abram was in a time of questioning the will and plan of God for his life when God made the statement, “… I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Can I tell you that whatever it is that you were expecting God to give you that you have not received yet is no comparison to the blessing of the reality of that statement? Walking with God everyday is an exceeding great reward! What a blessing to know Him! What a blessing to get to know Him deeper with each passing day! What a blessing to call His name and know He is there! What a joy to be His child! If you are saved, you have the greatest reward known to man!
“The need of man is not horizontal but vertical.” – Unknown