Dear God’s Beloved One,
“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 Harran, they settled there.” —Genesis 11:31 (NIV)
Terah, Abram’s father, began a journey he never completed. I know many of you reading this may ask why that fact would be important when his son would make a covenant with God that He continues to honor today. Believers are beneficiaries of the promises made to Abram in the book of Genesis. However, I was vexed to find in Genesis 11:31 that Abram’s father began on a quest and ended with him settling in a place far from his intended destination. Many people settle in their pursuit of a fulfilling life. We settle for jobs we hate. We settle for homes that we don’t like. We settle for unfulfilling relationships. This becomes a life pattern and infiltrates every facet of our human existence. I don’t know what led Terah to want to leave his homeland with some of his family but I know he got to a place (Haran) where he decided not to go any further. He found some comfort in Haran that made him forgo his destiny. I am afraid many of us will find at the end of our lives that we have settled and have forgone our destinies. This blog has become documentation of my unwillingness to settle for just hearing and reading about God. As much as I love to hear powerful testimonies of God’s power and provision, I want to render my own testimonies. I want to believe God like Abraham believed God. I don’t want my faith to “max out” at mustard seed level, although it is enough to get the job done. There is more to God and I want to experience Him for myself. I don’t want to settle for a casual relationship with God that is expressed on Sundays at 10am. What about you? Have you looked back at your life and found that you have settled for the life that you now live? Have you found that your relationship with God is not really much of a relationship? Do not become complacent with your life and relationship with God. Complacency equals death. Terah died in the place where he settled. Many of us will die not ever knowing the beautiful and wonderful things God wants to do in and through us because we settle. Well let me encourage you to do as Abram does in Genesis 12 and “go the distance”. Begin with a firm commitment to abandon settling. In fact, banish that word from your vocabulary.
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