Genesis 13

Abram and Lot part ways cordially because they are both so blessed that the land can’t support them when they’re together!

Following this, God gives Abram His promise of a land and descendants too numerous to count. This comes with an interesting instruction:

Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.

It would be many years before Israel finally got out of Egypt, out of the wilderness and fought their way into the promised land. But here already God has instructed Abram to take a practical step. Go and walk through the whole place. Check it out. See what it has. It’s a wonder the Israelites weren’t a bit more keen to go there when Joshua and Caleb said they should, considering they’d probably heard amazing stories about the place passed down through the generations from this time when Abraham explored the land.

How often do we take hold of God’s promises by actually taking practical action? Even just dipping our toes in and testing the waters, seeing what’s there? Exploring the land? Food for thought.

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