Abram Departs With Lot From Haran
Out of all the descendants of Noah, God chooses Abram to have a special relationship with Him. He calls Abram to enter into a particular kind of relationship that changes the course of his life and the lives of his people forever. God has a plan to rescue the world from sin and destruction, and that plan begins with one man. He promises to make Abram a great nation, to bless and protect him, and ultimately to bring true and lasting blessing to the world through his children. To enter into that promise, Abram must do something daring; he must leave everything he knows and put his trust in God.
So Abram departed as the LORD had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
Genesis 12:4 (NLT)
First steps of faith are not always giant steps, which explains why Abram did not fully obey God. Instead of leaving his family, as he was commanded, Abram took his father and his nephew Lot with him when he left Ur; and then he stayed at Haran until his father died.
Whatever you bring with you from the old life into the new is likely to create problems. Terah, Abram’s father, kept Abram from fully obeying the Lord; and Lot created serious problems for Abram until they finally had to agree to part. Abram and Sarai brought a sinful agreement with them from Ur (20:13), and it got them into trouble twice (12:10-20; 20:1-18).
Abram believed that the blessing of the Almighty would make up for all he could lose or leave behind, supply all his wants, and answer and exceed all his desires; and he knew that nothing but misery would follow disobedience.
The life of faith demands total separation from what is evil and total devotion to what is holy (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1). As you study the life of Abraham, you will discover that he was often tempted to compromise; and occasionally he yielded.
God tests us in order to build our faith and bring out the best in us, but the devil tempts us in order to destroy our faith and bring out the worst in us.
When you walk by faith, you lean on God alone: His Word, His character, His will, and His power. You don’t isolate yourself from your family and friends, but you no longer consider them your first love or your first obligation (Luke 14:25-27). Your love for God is so strong that it makes family love look like hatred in comparison! God calls us “alone” (Isa. 51:1-2), and we must not compromise.