Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. Genesis 15:1
Abraham’s vision takes place after his victorious rescue of Lot and the people of Sodom from the army of the four kings. He is met and blessed by Melchizedek, where he presents to this High Priest and King of Salem, one tenth of the goods captured in the war. The rest is given to the King of Sodom. Abraham keeps nothing for himself even though it is offered to him. Abraham had acted out of a sense of duty to his family and neighbors, not for any reward. As a result of his faithfulness however, God promises Abraham that God would become his shield and reward. Abraham’s selfless action had opened the door for God’s reward and protection. God made a covenant with Abraham after that selfless act. We find favor with God when we show favor to human beings. We note also that God revealed this to Abraham at a time when he might have felt on top of the world. The message was that much greater things were in store for him. When we think we are at our highest, God is just getting ready to elevate and bless us.