Maybe it was time for Abram to move on. After all, he and his wife Sarai had been living in Ur for many years. Abram’s father had died, and Abram had lost his brother Haran to an untimely death. Moving on might do both him and Sarai some good. Yet we all know that in the wake of crises like these, moving on is sometimes difficult. Nostalgia can be paralyzing.
What was Abram thinking when he heard “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land I will show you . . .”? He was living in his father’s country among his extended family. But his life was devoid of purpose or passion until he heard this word from the Lord. He needed this call to help him separate from his past and embrace God’s future for his life.