I know it sounds simple – we read it a hundred times in the Psalms and we see it throughout the OT in so many ways – yet we forget that those who follow God are protected from trouble. At the end of the day trouble greets those who keep rejecting God.
No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
The Bible history of the world had reached a point more than two thousand years from Adam before the word reward finds a place in relation to people. More than two millenniums had passed before the father of the faithful enters upon the scene. God had directed him to go to a strange country, and he went. And the Lord appeared to him in a vision and said He was his shield and great reward. This is not explicit, but much is promised. A shield is something to ward off, or deflect, that which would hurt or injure. If we were assured that such a condition was ours, a large part of our effort, now made, would be eliminated. We would not then have to be so much on the defensive, but always on the aggressive. Never receive a hurt or be injured by a would-be destroyer. This or more was promised in the “shield”. Then with that condition and the blessings arising out of it the Lord was to be his reward. This means that the Lord would be at the call of Abram in all times of need. As a shield He would protect him, as a reward his every want will be supplied. The Bible teaches that God is no respecter of persons. This being the case, God will be a shield and an exceeding great reward, to any who will, by his faith and obedience, be as truly worthy as Abram.