1. Don't quit

Abram was the son of Terah and they lived in Ur of the Chaldeans. Now Ur was an important city in the ancient world. It was a major urban centre on the Mesopotamian plain. The discovery of the Royal Tombs has confirmed its splendour. The wealth found inside these tombs were unparalleled up to then and was a testimony to the wealth of Ur, as all the wealth that came to Mesopotamia by sea had to pass through Ur.

Now Terah took Abram, Sarai and Lot (his grandson) and left Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. Now Ur must have been a very comfortable place to live in in those days. I would imagine that it was a very modern city for that day, with all the amenities they needed. Imagine living in New York and then the Lord tells you to move to the Kalahari desert. It is not an easy move for someone used to the city life. But they were obedient and left Ur for Canaan. Now the Bible tells us that on their way to Canaan, they stopped at a village in Haran. And if you look at a map of that ancient time, that means that they didn't cross the desert to get to Canaan, but they travelled alongside the Euphrates River which is a much longer detour. And then we read something interesting:

"But they stopped instead at the village of Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years and died while still at Haran." Genesis 11:31, 32

On their way to Canaan, they gave up and rather stayed at Haran. Now in the first place it must have been very difficult for them to leave Ur. They must have had a very comfortable life style in modern Ur. And to just leave for a total unknown land must have been very difficult. Plus they had to start all over again in a seemingly hostile land. And their means of travelling is not close to what we have today. It must have been tiresome and also dangerous with wild animals and bandits lurking around. But they left Ur despite the odds. However they didn't take the quickest route, but rather opted for the longer safer route alongside the river. But when they came to Haran they decided to rather stay there and not go any further. Why? We don't know. Maybe they were tired; maybe they were afraid to continue further, maybe Terah felt he was too old to continue further. We don't know. All we know is that they stopped half way to their destination.

And there is a lesson to be learned. Today I would like to encourage you to not stop halfway. Often times we make the sacrifices to follow God's calling in our lives and when the going gets tough, we settle in our own 'Haran's' where it is more comfortable. We then console ourselves, saying that we were at least half way obedient, it is better than nothing, right? But it is not, it is important that we finish the task assigned to us.

I am sure you all know that Abram didn't stop there, he continued further to Canaan. But what if he didn't? What if he decided he liked Haran more? What if he grew so comfortable there that he didn't want to move anymore? I am sure God would have chosen someone else to grow His nation with and today none of us would even have known who Abram was.

But Abram didn't stop and we need to learn from him. Don't settle for second best, but rather finish your task ahead. Greatness lies within, greatness accompanies obedience to God. Total obedience, not half measures. Don't give up and don't stop halfway. Finish your task and receive your heavenly reward from your Father, mightily pleased with you.

Father please give us the strength to continue on our life path no matter what. Please help us not to give up, no matter how tough it gets. Please be with us and lead the way. Thank you Father. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen

1 comment for “1. Don't quit”

  1. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2:37:22 PM

    Amen. Dis in die moeilike tye, waarin ons totaal afhanklik van God is vir leiding dat Hy ons vorm om die volmaakte 'pot' (vesel) te wees

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