SATURDAY 18TH AUG.,2018
WORD FOCUS: REFUSE TO SETTLE
TEXT: Genesis 11:31 “And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his
daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there….”
What does Haran mean to a believer? Haran is occasioned with pessimistic views about God’s goal in our life. Our situation may seem so desperate that we think even God Almighty can’t carry us through. That is not the perfect will of God. Are you pressing ‘on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you]’ (Phil 3:14), or have you ‘settled’ along the way? God made a pact with Abraham – one that continues to influence the modern world. A lesser-known fact is that years earlier Abraham’s father, Terah, ‘set out…to go to Canaan’, the land of abundance where God later called Abraham but, Terah never made it: ‘When they came to Haran, they settled there.’ No question, it couldn’t have been easy travelling hundreds of miles across rough terrain with flocks, herds, children, and servants. Can you imagine the sheer logistics! Remember, there were no professional movers to pack and load your stuff!
Finally, Terah decided they couldn’t go any farther, so they settled where they were comfortable; ”Haran” second best, but not the promised land- God’s best where you experience a complete life of joy, fulfillment and fruitful living. Heaven on earth order of life. One pastor adds: ‘I wonder how many times we do the same thing? We have a big dream…to excel in our careers…as parents…and in our walk with God. We get started, but things get difficult and achieving our goal doesn’t happen as quickly as we hoped. Perhaps similar to Abraham’s father we say, “Let’s just settle here. It’s not really what we wanted, but it’s good enough.” Don’t fall into that trap.
You were made for more than “good enough” …Don’t settle for a little love and joy, a bit of peace and contentment, or a small helping of happiness. You must make a deliberate choice to set aside all distractions, oppositions from the enemy and reasons why it can’t work. Agree with God and allow Him to empower you. And as you press on and press through, the Lord will create ways to empower your journey. Get your belongings, and start moving out to move forward. Enlarge your vision. You may have had a delay, but, you can begin again. Read prayerfully the whole of Psalm 85. Let us not doubt God’s all –sufficient enablement.
MEDITATION: Isa 61:7, Psalm 85:12.
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1 SAM 5/ROMANS 5/JER.43/PS. 3-4
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