Genesis 11 gives an account of Abraham’s father in pursuit of Canaan land, but ended up settling in Harran. Since we know that God called Abraham to Canaan, too, maybe, just maybe, God had also called his father, Terah, to that promised land first. Interestingly, God used the word “settle” in this account, and I don’t think it was happenstance.
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.
I think God has left us an entertaining thought here, and with that thought, comes a lesson – Do Not Settle! There must have been some reason Terah settled though we are not told why. We are not told why that place, why at that spot or why at that time, did Terah just settle. Regardless, we are all prone to settle for less than what God has promised, so I thought it would be helpful to share 4 things you can do to avoid this tendency.
1) Write it down! Please write down anything and everything you think the Lord may be speaking to you. In Habakkuk 2:2, the Lord tells the prophet to write down the revelation. When we write down what the Lord has promised us, it is like bringing those things that are in the spiritual realm into our physical presence. We can then see it. We can look over it. We can refer back to it when doubt comes.
2) Get encouragement! God established His people within the fellowship of a church for a reason. We are to minister together and to each other. I recommend building a network of mature Christian women with whom you can share your aspirations and disappointments. This network of mentors can help you put things into perspective and get you back on track.
3) Pray over it! Continue to pray over your God-given dream and watch for further confirmations. When God is speaking to you, you will find that He will post it on billboards, bring it up in sermons and flash it across the TV, it seems. When you talk to God about it, He will talk back to you about it!
4) Commit to it! Make up your mind that you are big enough to do whatever God has called you to do. Waste no time studying and preparing for it. Consider becoming a subject matter expert on the matter. Own it!!!
If you experience a serious setback, please dig your heals in again, and forge ahead. Depending on the nature and severity of the setback, you may need to take some time to grieve or recalibrate. Life can be tough, and terribly painful at times. I’ve suffered some pretty tough setbacks in my adult life, but God is faithful. This may have been Terah’s problem. Genesis chapter 11:28 notes that Terah lost one of his sons. Terah’s deceased son’s name was Haran. Notably, the town that Terah decided to settle in was Harran. Perhaps these names were pronounced the same. Could it be that this was the tragedy that caused Terah to settle for less than what God had planned for him? Can we overcome such painful life events??? No matter what the enemy may try to use to beset us, can we press on to the prize set before us? I believe God thinks we can. After all, He personally sacrified His beloved Son so that we could have an eternal purpose. God bless you and keep you in your journey of faith!
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mother and Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. She is a witty and point-on expositor of God’s Word as a conference speaker. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, Gina is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. Gina also blogs and offers numerous videos and resources at GinaDuke.com. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.