One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. (Genesis 11:31)
Relate: The history of the three major religions all hinged on a compromise. Today, Abraham is considered a spiritual father to anyone who calls themselves Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. Abraham is revered for his willingness to pack up his bags and go to the land of Canaan even though he didn’t know where he would settle. For the Jew, he is the first and the greatest of the Patriarchs. For the Christian, he gets more recognition than any two other individuals in the hall of faith (Hebrews 11). For the Muslim, he is the father of Ishmael and the first true monotheist.
What about Abraham’s father? When does anybody hear of him except perhaps as a random question in some Bible Trivia game. “Question number three: What is the name of Abraham’s father?” The thing is, it wasn’t Abraham who first started out on this faith journey. It was his dad. Terah was the one who packed up and moved from his home in Ur. Terah was the one who first had intentions to go to the land of Canaan. Terah was the one who made it halfway and then said, “Well, this is good enough. Look at how far I’ve come. I think I’ll settle down here and then, maybe, finish the journey, later… maybe.”
React: Have we settled? Has God called us to something we have given up on part way through? Have we planted roots and settled down halfway between a forgotten dream and a forgiven past? Is God waiting for our kids to grow up and move out so that He can accomplish through them that task we have failed to finish? What would it look like if I were to grab hold of a shattered dream from my past and said, “This year I will see this dream come true or die trying”? What about you? Is there something in your life that you have given up on halfway through? Is it time to pull up stakes and start moving forward one more time?
God, You have not called me to a half lived life. For those times and in those areas where I have settled halfway between where I was and where I should be, please forgive me. Give me the courage and the humility to admit that I have settled when You have called me further. Give me the faith to pull up stakes on my compromises and forgotten dreams. You have so much more for me. Even though it might not be easy, or comfortable, or safe… help me to walk into it.