Yesterday at Cornerstone, I shared about Abraham’s journey of Faith in Genesis 12-22. We can learn from Abraham about the importance of obedience and the power of grace. He was far from perfect, but yet God was patient with him. As Abraham faced each test, we see his faith increase and we see him learn to trust God.
But what saddens me about his story is what happens in Genesis 11:31-32 with his father Terah. Here’s the passage for you to read.
31 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. 32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.
Terah left his homeland with his family on his way to the land of Canaan. But he stopped, he waited, he settled down. And he ended up dying in a pagan city named Haran instead of Canaan. For us, the lesson is clear. When we quit listening to God, it becomes easy to settle for less than His best. I’m afraid that far too many of God’s people end up in a place that God never intended. They become comfortable, they settle down, and they quit taking risks and stepping out in faith to follow Christ. My prayer is that we will never become so comfortable that we quit listening and following God’s voice.