Genesis 11:31 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.
Life is a journey that we embark on from the day we are born to the day we breathe our last. We take different paths and different time spans but the ultimate goal is to get to our destinies.
Terah sets out on a journey from Ur of the Chaldeans passing to go to Canaan, but when they came to Harran, they settled there. Isn’t that the story of our lives? In this walk of life, we set out on the journey of life but when we get to Harran of life, we settle.
So what makes us settle in the place where we were never meant to settle in the first place?
Haran, Terah’s last-born son and the father of Lot died in the Ur of the Chaldeans. Could it be that when Terah got to Harran, it reminded him of his son? The pain of a father losing his son, gets to the place where had the same name as the name of his son, Terah had no more strength to move on, he abandoned the journey to Canaan, unpacked his bags and settled in Harran and the Bible records that Terah died in Harran.
The action of delaying or avoiding a task that needs to be done. You have a goal to accomplish but you keep pushing it forward. Some of us keep losing weight every January; keep telling the gym, I am coming. Tomorrow! Procrastination is the enemy that will keep you in Harran, it robs today of the opportunity to do that which was to be done.
On our journey to our destinies, we get to Haran and we get distracted. Like Nehemiah in Nehemiah 4:1 [Read my article Winning The Battle] He was despised, he was ridiculed by Tobias and Sanballat, he was fought from all corners, but he kept his focus on the goal
Distraction will shift your focus from the goal. Despite and in spite of everything, child of God don’t be distracted
“I am tired” is a statement that is used so many times in life. Truth is, in the journey of life, we get tired because we are only human but here’s the good news, regardless of the weariness of your body and the heaviness of your heart, the Lord is granting you strength to move forward because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint [Isaiah 40:31]
Complacency is getting comfortable with where you are. I got married that’s it. I got my high school diploma that is it. I got a job that’s it. See, God didn’t call us to be complacent, every new day is an opportunity to get better, don’t get comfortable in Haran, get dissatisfied with your level of prayer, get dissatisfied with the distance you run in the morning, get dissatisfied with the number of books you read in a year. Getting comfortable will keep you in Harran. Get out of your comfort zone.
Like Terah, many at times we are aware of our assignments in life. We start the project with zeal and enthusiasm but along the way we get to Haran and instead of stopping over for a little while, instead of re-energizing and grasping some air, we choose to settle. Tonight child of God, there’s grace to move forward. Two things, resolve to move forward and rely on God.
God didn’t bring you from Ur of the Chaldeans for you to settle in Harran. It may be difficult but Child of God, Don’t Settle!