Is there a defacto deadline when there is no announced deadline?
Ponder God, Abram and Terah.
Notice the sharp contradiction between these two passages.
“The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.” Genesis 12:1-4 NIV
“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.” Genesis 11:31-32 NIV
Problem 1: They settled in Haran until Terah died. THEN, and only then, did Abram finish the trip God called him to. Given the fact that one of Terah’s sons was named Haran, we can speculate that the family might have been from this town originally. Regardless of Terah’s reason for settling there, it is clear that he, not God, garnered Abram’s obedience.
Problem 2: God spoke to Abram and gave him directions, but Terah refused to emancipate Abram and allow him to be a man. In order to retain control of the clan, Terah obeyed one small part of God’s orders to his son − leaving Ur − while flagrantly ignoring the rest.
Problem 3: Abram was specifically told to leave his parents and the rest of his family behind. He apparently didn’t want to, and they apparently didn’t want to be left.
Question 1: Was there a deadline in God’s mind for Abram’s arrival in Canaan, even though it was not announced?
Question 2: What would have been different in Abram’s life if he had arrived in a timely manner? Scripture does not announce that he missed any great treasure or that he suffered any divine judgment, but can a person ever refuse to synchronize with God and remain unscathed?
Observation: Many times we are directed by God to change our timing or to change our location (space). I think one of the most pervasive reasons for not synchronizing with God’s will is that we are held hostage by other people’s emotions.
In other words, it is appearing that one of the great enemies of our being aligned in time and space according to God’s design, is human community.