Most people who have been around church even a small amount of time have heard the story of Father Abraham. But most people do not know the story of his father, Terah. God actually spoke to Terah first and gave him the commission to go to the land of Cannan. But Terah got to the land of Haran and “settled” there. Terah died short of his God’s intended goal for his life.
Terah’s story teaches us all a great lesson:
“Never build a house where God has called you to pitch a tent.”
God has put in each of our heart’s a dream. He has called each of us to a journey specific to us. Some parts of our journey are unpleasant and we can’t wait to move forward. But sometimes parts of our journey are enjoyable, fun. It is actually those parts that are the most dangerous. We can become so comfortable where we are that we settle for less than what God has called us to do. We build houses where God only wanted us to pitch a tent.
I recently stepped down from a leadership position at my church. It was difficult. I enjoyed my role. It was fun. I saw much fruit. I learned many lessons. But I knew It was a resting point on my journey and not my final destination. I knew it was not where I was suppose to be permanently.
Have you built a house where God has called you to pitch a tent? Have you grown comfortable and lost sight of your final destination? Have you settled for less than God’s best for you. 2016 is a year to pursue your dream. 2016 is the year to let go of your temporary dwellings you have established and move toward your destiny. It’s time to go house shopping.
Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran. (Genesis 11:31-32 NASB)