Abram: Stepping into His Land
After being tossed out of Egypt, Abram and his family continued back toward the land of Canaan. They settled in a place called Negev where he and his nephew, Lot, continued to prosper. In fact, the Bible says Abram “became very wealthy in livestock, gold and silver.”
“Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.” — Genesis 13:2
Wealth, Abundance, and Prosperity
Before we go on, I need to stop and comment on this one verse. God had previously promised Abram he would be blessed and would be a blessing to others. And when I read it, I wasn’t sure what this meant. Now, I think we are beginning to see it.
Everyone who is with Abram prospers.
Something I am starting to see throughout the Bible is how God wants his people to prosper and live abundantly. He doesn’t want people to be poor or live in poverty. It is his heart for his people to live into His Kingdom wealth.
Before I go any further, I am not trying to preach a prosperity gospel. This isn’t about you coming to Jesus and all of the sudden you become rich. However, I do want to encourage people to think about the ways God provides and how it allows us to live abundantly.
For more on this, check out this book by Kris Vallotton: Poverty, Riches and Wealth. It has changed the way I see money in the world and has already given me some interesting insights into how I should relate to it.
Abram and Lot Part Ways
The trouble with abundance and prosperity sometimes is people grow until they can no longer all stay in the same place. And this is what happened to Abram and Lot. Their two families and peoples grew until they could not longer both be supported in Negev. And so, Abram wisely decides it is time to part ways:
So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” — Genesis 13:8–9
In the end, Lot goes to the plains of the Jordan River. And Abram lived in the land of Canaan. There is a bit of foreshadowing about what will happen to lot later as we see the people of Sodom were wicked, but we will get to this later.
Abram Enters His Land
The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” — Genesis 13:14–17
First, God tells Abram he will have many descendants before he goes to Egypt and that he will be blessed and be a blessing. The call for Abram’s life is largely important to the overarching narrative of the Bible and to human history. And Abram steps into it.
He believes God will give him a family, and remember, he and Sarai are unable to have children. And so Abram follows the Lord and continues to live out trusting him. This proves well for him as he prospers, even when he takes things into his own hand.
Then, God takes it a step farther and tells Abram how his family will inhabit the land of Canaan forever. God building up Abram to be more than a family. He is setting up a nation. The nation he is setting up will be even more, because it will one day include every tribe through Jesus.
While we have no idea of God told Abram this ultimate plan to reconcile the world to God, we know enough about Abram that he believed God would do what he said he would do. And so he continued to trust God.
Am I Walking into My Land?
With my family on the verge of a move and trusting God for the next season of life, I wonder:
“Am I walking into my land?”
“Do I trust God the way Abram trusted God?”
“Will we prosper and live abundantly in our new land?”
From everything I am reading and learning about God’s Kingdom as it comes to earth, I have a feeling he is bringing us into a new season of abundance. What does that mean? I don’t know exactly. I don’t think it means we will be rich in terms of money, but potentially rich in terms of life.
And it know it is an exciting time to trust the Lord with our lives. Because if we cannot trust God, who can we trust?
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