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)
I was looking at “reward” in the Topical Guide and I saw the above verse cited. I saw it differently than I had before. Previously, I thought “I am thy…exceeding great reward” just meant that it was Abram’s reward and privilege to have God in his life.
Today I realized Abram already had God in his life. He was promised more--the prospect of becoming like God. The Lord meant, “I [or what I am] is thy exceeding great reward, what you can expect to become.”
I love that the promise of becoming like God is recorded this early in the Bible.