Never Stop Short

Reveal: 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 Harran, they settled there. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.—Genesis 11:31-32.

Observations: There is no record of God appearing to Terah as He would later appear to his son Abram. But Terah intended to go to the promised land. The sovereign Lord seems to have been working through Terah, in taking him out of Ur together with all his family, whether in accordance with promises similar to those He would later make to Abram, or not. Terah died in a place where he had not intended to settle, having stopped short of the place he intended to go. And it was left to his descendants to finish what he started.

Prayer: Father, make me faithful to the vision You give me. Don’t let me settle down in a placed that’s short of Your intentions for me. As I consider the rest of my days, I can imagine growing complacent and tired, settling into a routine that centers on comfort and ease, or compromising into a lifestyle other than the radical lifestyle you teach. But in Your word I find men and women invigorated by Your Spirit and focused on prayer and seeking You and Your wisdom, on leadership and renewal regardless of age. Make me like Caleb (Josh. 14:6-12). Help me to be such a man, never stopping short of any vision You provide and accepting any challenge You lay before me. Invigorate me always, Father, giving me fresh outpourings of Your Spirit and direction daily. If it’s Your desire that my descendants follow the direction You have taken me, may they pick it up where You want me to lay it down, not at a place that is short of any goal You set for me.

Exercise: Finish the race God sets before you. Never stop short. Achieve the goals He sets, and only when He directs you to pass them on, do so intentionally, imparting the wisdom you’ve gained and blessings, like David to Solomon or the patriarchs to their offspring.

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