The first time Abram heard God’s voice, he was living in Ur of the Chaldees. He heard God’s voice the second time after he obeyed part of God’s instructions. At the second encounter, Abram remained an outsider. Someone who had knowledge of God’s plan but wasn’t included. God spoke again after Abram and Sarai returned from Egypt. This time he included Abram in his promise.
“All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring.”
“Go, Walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
Abram’s experience in Egypt had humbled him. He returned to the altar he had abandoned at Bethel to renew his relationship with God. As Abram called upon the name of the Lord, a quarrel erupted between his employees and Lot’s. He resolved the problem by seeking peace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Abram’s unselfish pursuit of peace separated him from Lot bringing him into God’s perfect will for his life.
The third time God spoke, Abram had become a peacemaker with every request God made of him fulfilled. God now has two sons to inherit the land – Abram and a child of Abram yet to be born, but God’s plan encompasses more than two men. He intends to make Abram’s “offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your (Abram’s) offspring could be counted.”
God exhorted Abram to “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west” and “Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land…”” Abram followed God but not blindly. He had enough knowledge to make his trip to Canaan reasonable. Now that he is included in God’s plan, he can see and explore the land God desires to give him.
 All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.
 Genesis 13:15
 Genesis 13:17
 Genesis 13:16
 Genesis 13:14,17