Land is important to God’s plan for His children. One of the first things God did in establishing a covenant with Abraham was give him land. Previous to this Abraham did not have a homeland. Abraham’s father and his family were pastoral nomads, wandering from place to place for varying periods of time. His father worshiped idols in a city dedicated to wickedness. Abraham was told by God to go out into a place in which he would receive his inheritance. It was later referred to as the Promised “land”. It was land!
God gave this nomad a land to call his own and to build on with his descendants. He gave Abraham and his family the Land of Israel as a unique homeland where his descendants were supposed to create the nation that was the model for the world. Physical land was central to God’s plan to prosper Abraham.
We see a parallel lesson if we study the great Native Americans tribes from America. The tribes along the East Coast were more settlementary and would stay in one place and farm the land as well as hunt. They tended to survive and prosper. Those tribes along the West Coast that were nomadic hunters would travel to seasonal hunting grounds. They were more likely to starve and die. They could never prosper because they never settled down and stayed in one place. Simply stated…when you are a nomad there is only so much you can carry so it is hard to prosper.
There is something about land that is really important to God. The story of Ruth is, of course a great love story. But it is also the story of God giving a woman physical land. God took her from gleaning leftovers along the edge of the field to the owner of the field. When she married Boaz, who owned the field, she became an owner of the very field she formerly gleaned in as a pauper.
In the United States the number one way that people finance new business ventures is by borrowing money against their house which is of course located on land. So the best preparation for starting a business is to purchase a house and start paying it off over time. This will eventually build equity which will allow you to finance a business start up. Small business startups create 70% of new jobs in the United States. Most of these businesses are family businesses and as with Abraham and his sons, land is central to birthing these new businesses.