After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”
Wow! what an awesome promise God gave to Abram.
Notice he reinstates the promise after Abram and Lot had separated. The initial call to Abram in Genesis 12, was to Abram alone, he made the decision to bring Lot with him. This is another lesson in itself! - what have you brought with you that God didn't tell you to?
Anyway, God now speaks to him again.
Abraham look in all directions – north, south, east and west. Abraham must 'spy' out the land to see what he’s being given – ‘Go and walk through the land’ .Then He promises Abram 'your offspring will be like the dust of the earth'. What are the lessons that we can learn from this: 1) Often we are told to go in a certain place but we don't always look from all angles as to what the Father is giving, we may only know one aspect. You may not physically walk through a promise that God has given you, but you can and must walk through it in your mind and spirit. God wants the vision resonated in the heart, that it is a reality to you. 2) We don't always know what He wants us to do in the 'land' how we are going to populate it.
It is said that the late Walt Disney had a vision of Disneyland in US but died before it was fully completed. On the day of the launch/opening, someone made a comment that it was sad the Walt wasn't there to see it. But one of his relatives corrected them 'No Walt did see it, the fact that you are here now is because of Walt's vision'.
Secondly, he tells Abram I am giving this to you and your descendants. Abram MUST see bigger than himself. He sees the land in all directions, but he must think generationally and see and believe that his offspring will cover the land. This must have been a huge step of faith for Abraham, because at that time he was fatherless!! Abraham has to see for himself but he must also see for future generations. Based on what he sees and believes is the inheritance that he will leave, so he must think big.
As far as you can see, because your descendants Abram are going to live in what you see, if you see small you will leave them a small legacy, there will not be enough land for them to inhabit.
Thirdly, Abraham you must believe that If I’ve given you the land, the size, regardless of who’s in it you must see accurately and largely.
Let's think BIG (bigger than ourselves) and let's think generationally.