You may be familiar with Abraham’s story in the book of Genesis. God said, “Abraham, go from your country and your father’s house to the land I will show you.” Abraham went on this journey with his family and his nephew Lot, but at one point Abraham and Lot had to separate ways because their possessions became so great that the land couldn’t sustain both of them. Abraham said to Lot, “You choose the land you want.” So Lot took the beautiful, flourishing land to the east. When Abraham looked at the land that remained, he saw a bunch of dirt and dust. It was much less desirable than the lush land that Lot had chosen. But it was at that point that God said to Abraham, “Lift up your eyes now. Look out as far as you can see to the north, the south, the east, and the west. All the land you can see, I will give it to you.” For that promise from God, Abraham had to lift his eyes.
I love the phrase “lift your eyes” because the lifted eyes became the theme of Abraham’s life. God knew that Abraham could easily get his eyes on the wrong thing. He could have easily said, “Why did I make the mistake of letting Lot get the best land? Now I’m stuck in the dirt and the dust.” God wanted Abraham to lift his eyes so he could see beyond the dust and the dirt and begin to see his destiny unfold, begin to see what God wanted to do in his life.