“And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.” (Acts 7:5, NKJV)
Although Abram was given the land in promise, he was not given the land in practicum. He had lived a long time. He was old and his wife was old. When they were first married and living among his family, Abram and Sarai were excited about having children. They were looking forward to adding to the family. But as the years went by, they had given up all hope of ever having children; of ever having or being a blessing.
At one point, Abram received a message from God to leave his family and the land he had grown up in and start walking. The message did not include a place, just a starting point. “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1, NKJV) No country, no address, not destination, just a promise. “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”” (Genesis 12:2–3, NKJV) So, Abram decided to go. To follow God; to believe God, even though it was open ended.
For Abram, later named, Abraham, possession of the land was not as important as having a relationship with the One who promised the blessing. Abraham would never inherit the land. He would only own a burial cave for himself and his wife. He was transient, always following the word of God, always trying to get to know God better. His life was one of triumphs and tragedies. But those shaped him and made him into the friend of God. Eventually, God promised a child. Issac was born and the promise continued into the next generation. Eventually the land would become his through his progeny.
So, where are you in this? Are you willing to follow Christ no matter what the cost? Are you living in a way in which God is so important that you are willing to leave all and follow Him? Abraham knew that his blessings came from God, so he held on to them loosely. What about you?