God brought Abram to Canaan to steward the land. Instead, he enjoyed it.
And his grasp of stewardship was so dismal that he illegally gave away half of the land to his nephew who had anti-stewardship software running all the time.
God was miffed at Abram and scolded him for that, adding that God did not acknowledge the transfer of ownership at all and that the land still belonged to Abram and his seed.
Furthermore, God fussed at Abram to get up out of his recliner under the Oak of Mamre and to walk the whole land, checking it out, observing the assets and the liabilities. God wanted him to act like a steward since he was called to be a steward.
The kicker was that Abram’s seed would take possession of the land almost a half a millennia later.
Jack Welch was famous for his next quarter “stretch goals.” Most publicly held corporations have to share with the financial analysts their economic targets for the next 90 days. Elected officials have the two year election cycle nagging them relentlessly. The really audacious business planners have five and ten year goals.
Question: So what do you do with a God who wants you to act on space in this time, with an eye toward the consequences 400 years from now – a quite different time?
Answer: You either ignore Him like Abram did, while you focus on the benefits of time and space being in alignment in the present time, or you grow up and synchronize with Him, acting like a Noble Subject, not a consumer.
He will tell you what He wants you to do now. He may or may not tell you who it is for, or when the fruit of your actions will become visible.
If we only do what makes sense in our itty bitty time frame of three generations, then we have limited our usefulness to The God of All History.