Refuse To Settle – February 7, 2018


Refuse To Settle

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. Genesis 11:31

Are you pressing ‘on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you]’ (Philippians 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. 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…Pull up stakes, pack your tents, get your belongings, and start moving forward. Enlarge your vision. You may have had a delay, but…you can begin again.’

Heavenly Father, help me to not settle short of where You want me and have called me. Help me keep moving towards what and where You want me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


One comment

  1. I had a wonderful well-paying job for several years, but when a new President came in, he decided I wasn’t good enough to do the job anymore because I don’t have my CPA. So, I took a lesser paying job with a very small CPA firm and haven’t really been happy. I’ve been looking and applying for better positions, but at 55 – almost 56 now – I can’t even get an interview anymore. So, yes, I’ve settled. How do you make someone give you the job you want??

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