Faith Is the Victory
Author: F. Duane Lindsey
Week of December 8, 2013
People disagreed about who deserved credit for the Allied victory at the Marne in World War I, and some reporters asked Field Marshal Joffre of France about it. “I don’t know who deserves credit for the victory,” he said, “but I know that if it had been a defeat, they would have blamed it on me.”
God was the one who gave Abram the victory over the invading armies. But from the human perspective it was Abram who was offered (and who rejected) the spoils of victory by the king of Sodom. And the threat of the enemies would certainly not be the last. So Abram’s exhilaration after victory may have passed, leaving him fearful and feeling unrewarded.
Then the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision. “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward” (Gen. 15:1). How simply but profoundly does the great God meet our deepest needs!
Yet Abram questioned God’s fulfillment of His promises, since the only heir to receive those promises was one of his household servants. But God graciously submerged Abram’s doubts in greater clarification of the promise, “A son coming from your own body will be your heir” (v. 4). Not only that, but “your offspring” will be as numberless as the stars (v. 5).
In response to this great confirmation of the promise, we are told that “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness” (v. 6). This verse is quoted in the New Testament to illustrate justification by faith (Rom. 4:3).
For you: You too may feel fearful and unrewarded. But from the God who was Abram’s shield and reward, you too may receive by faith the greatest gift God can give—a righteous standing before Him because of what Christ did on the Cross.