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The man who might have been …

"But, when they came to Haran, they settled there." Genesis 11:31

This scripture verse starts with the word “but”. Don’t you hate that word? Someone starts to tell you something good, and then after an awkward silence you hear the dreaded word but.” It’s a real Debbie Downer! Terah took his family and set out for the land of Canaan – the promised land. Terah may not have realized it but God was using him to bring Abraham to where he needed to be “in the will of God.” But, along the way he settled. Perhaps he took the safe route, became comfortable, or thought well this must be all God has for me. How many times have we seemingly felt like we have come to the end of the road on our journey. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of hope so we mine as well just settle in ’til the end comes. That is not what God wants for us! We have a blessing in eternity but there are blessings to be had here. What we do now not only affects us but affects others also! Terah’s decision I’m certain caused him to settle for less than what God had called him to. We all have a calling in God.

We focus a lot on Abraham in this scripture text but I zoned in on Terah this time. What would have been if he had of followed through? Was he meant to follow through? Why would God leave Him there, in a place of “settling.” We all have those questions in life. What if I had done this differently? Where would I be right now? Thankfully no matter where we find ourselves God already knows where we will be, and He can easily set us back on the right track. He knew what sin would do to us, but He loved us enough to send Jesus to save us. He had a plan from the beginning of time! Bad things happen in the world yes, and we won’t understand it all until eternity. This world is not an example of the perfect will of God, it’s the result of man choosing his own will over God, but there is a hope if we choose God’s will and ask Him to help us get to where we need to be. God knows what He is doing we just have to trust Him. He is a loving and just God. The world paints God out to be bad because of the things that are happening, but this is very much a direct result of the evil that resides. In the last days men will call good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20). God will comfort us in the hard times and rejoice with us in the good times (Zephaniah 3:17). We just need to allow Him into our lives to direct us into our very best life. He works all things together for good, if we allow it (Romans 8:28).

Terah was rich in possessions. I believe he was also pagan but God still had a call on his life whether he chose to turn from his ways and accept it or not. He came to a crossroad, some green lush pastures …. don’t you love when the devil tries to lure you away with glamorous things. He’s a sly fox. He knows exactly how to get our attention and if we aren’t careful to stay in tune with God, we can easily fall away from God’s best for us. I wouldn’t trade my inheritance for the world or even a bowl of soup! (Mark 8:36, Genesis 25:29-34). We have an inheritance in Christ Jesus! (Matthew 19:29). He wants us to believe we can do it on our own without God. That didn’t work well for Adam and Eve now did it! God still had a plan, and we are still reaping the blessing of Abrahams choices (Genesis 12). He then took Abraham to rest of the way, but even Abraham had to make a sacrifice and leave all he comfortably knew in order to step into what God had for him. I don’t want to look back and think…..what could have been? I want to be in the will of God don’t you? Even in the midst of a pandemic God is still working behind the scenes, He knows the beginning and the end, and He still has a plan for our lives; there is hope! I challenge you today to ask yourself “what has God called you to?” Choose life!

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

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