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Don’t Settle In Haran

“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

Hurt has a way of stopping you dead in your tracks short of God’s destiny for your life.  In Genesis 11 we see the story of Terah, the father of Abraham.  He was to go to Canaan but settled in the city of Haran instead.  Before Abraham set out toward Canaan his father Terah set out on that journey.  I wonder if God intended the blessing of Abraham (Read Genesis 12) to be on his father Terah instead?  But, sadly, because of Terah’s settling and disobedience he lost the blessing and his purpose.  What caused Terah to leave Ur and move his whole family to Caanan?  What caused him to stop short of Caanan?

Obviously God called him to move and had a better plan for his life.  Terah saw it and initially acted on it.  God had a better destiny and destination for Terah and his family.   Could Terah have been overwhelmed by the journey?  Could he have gotten tired along the way?  Maybe he was distracted by something else?  Should Terah have been the father of many nations instead of Abraham?  I think Terah settled because he couldn’t get past a big hurt in his life.  Scripture tells us that Terah’s son Haran died before they left Ur (Genesis 11:28).  Perhaps Terah settled in the city that shared the same name with his dead son because he just couldn’t get past the hurt in his life?  Unresolved hurt has a way of stealing from your life.  Tragedy can keep you from God’s plan and destiny for your life.  Terah just couldn’t leave the town with his son’s name and perhaps he gave up being the father of many nations in the process. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t mourn or process through hurt.  You just shouldn’t settle in it. 

It can be easy to settle because of feeling hopeless.  But hopelessness isn’t an attribute of being in Christ.  He is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13).  Colossians 1:27 says Christ in us is the hope of glory.  Don’t stop short of the destiny and great plans God has for your life.  Hurt is one reason people give up on their dreams but not the only one.  Obstacles, distractions, life changes, disappointment, and even negative people can stop you dead in your tracks.  These can become excuses that steal God’s purpose from our lives.  Abram saw his father stop short of his destiny and refused to let the same thing happen to him.  He determined to keep moving forward despite the challenges he faced along the way.

Galatians 6:9 tells us to not grow weary in doing good.  We will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Delayed dreams don’t mean you have to give up.  Whether you are just tired, hurt, or distracted the dream that was once so vivid and passionate can be that once again.  Don’t be robbed of God’s purpose for your life.  Don’t allow a day or two or even a month or so in Haran turn into years.  You’ll die in the land you settle in.  That’s a fact.  Just make sure it’s the land God called you to be in.  Don’t settle!  Wake up each morning and make at least one step toward God’s destination for your life.  Difficulty, distraction, and disappointment will rip the dream from your life.  Canaan is worth fighting for – don’t settle in Haran!

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Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.

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