“The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.’ So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.” Genesis 13:14-18 (ESV)

Abram, later known as Abraham, was following God to a new place. On the way, it became too burdensome for his nephew, Lot, to travel with him. They both had acquired wealth, servants, and livestock, and they needed more space. They separated after Lot had picked the area where he wanted to settle. After Lot was gone, God once again promised Abram the land that he saw and challenged him to walk on it. Abram took God’s promise to heart and made his home in the middle of God’s promise. First, Abraham had to not just focus on his current location but allow his eyes to wander to the points he could barely see in the far distance. The land that he wasn’t standing on but could see was also included in God’s promise.
Where is God asking you to look this year? Our eyes often settle on our current place in life, which can determine our perspective about the future. There’s a whole lot more for you in the coming year than what you have experienced up to this point. However, it may require you to physically take a walk to envision the promise before it becomes a reality. It may require you driving to the place that represents the dream placed in your heart and physically circling it. It may be that you are waiting on the promise of a career, home, child, spouse, ministry, or business. We are all watching and waiting for something in our lives. The simple act of faith of taking a physical walk to something that represents that promise can be a reminder this year that God’s promises for tomorrow don’t have to be forgotten today.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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