God told Abraham to leave Ur to go to a land that He would show him. I’ve often wondered if Abraham disobeyed God’s direction to him. God said he was to get out of his country, and from his kindred, and from his father’s house but when he left he took his father and Lot with him. Was that leaving his kindred and his father’s house? If Abraham had not taken Lot, his future seed would not have had the problems they did with the Moabites and the Ammonites, descendants of Lot’s sons, Moab and Ammon who were born through incest.
So at last they arrived in Canaan, the land God intended to give Abraham and his seed. One would think their arrival would have called for a big celebration, and that God would have “thrown a party” to welcome them. Just the opposite seems to be true:
They were now surrounded by the Canaanites, extremely wicked people who gave them no welcome.
Possibly some of the souls they had gained in Haran, where idolatry was no doubt common, were lured into the ways of the Canaanites which would have burdened Abraham.
He had probably had a solid, and perhaps luxurious house back in Ur while here he had no permanent place to live but had to camp in tents.
It wasn’t long before they were in the midst of a serious famine.
God had promised him a child, but that wasn’t happening.
He was constantly having to mediate and try to keep peace.
God had truly called him, and God loved him, but was allowing him to experience the hardships and trials of life. God seemed to have forgotten Abraham after his arrival there, because God would have him learn to live by faith!
How true in our lives! Often the way seems dark, troublesome, giving us a “where-are-you-God” feeling. Without faith it is impossible to please Him, and He is challenging us to trust Him even when the way is hard.