He took his family with him: son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Left his home behind. Set out for a new land. A place of promise. Terah knew where he wanted to go, but he never made it. Instead, he settled for something less.
He had good intentions.
I think Terah dreamed of reaching the promised place, but something happened along the way.
"...together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there" (Genesis 11: 31).
He got off to a pretty good start. He set out. And that's important.
But Terah stopped short of his destination. Why?
The Bible simply says that he stopped in Haran and settled his family there.
He settled there.
Not in Canaan. But in Haran.
I wonder if the popular culture of that day influenced Terah: "Uh, Dude. Are you for real? You headin' where? You can't be serious! Haran is the party place--where everything's happenin', man. Come on, stay here. Be cool. Just hang with us.
Or did Terah's stopover in Haran last a little too long? Long enough for him to unwind and relax. You know, establish a casual, comfortable lifestyle. Set up a comfort zone and stay there. Feels good, right?
And don't forget that Haran was much more convenient than Canaan. I mean, duh, he was already in Haran. Why go any further? Way too much trouble. Terah had followed that dream far enough already.
So, he settled.
In Haran. For Haran.
Like Terah, I've been guilty of settling in places where I don't belong. I've settled for less than what God has been promised. And for many of the same reasons that old Terah settled.
I got too cozy with culture.
I developed a casual attitude toward Christ.
I placed an unhealthy emphasis on personal comfort and convenience.
So, is there a way to keep from settling in Haran? Or a way to get out of Haran?
Oh yes, there is a way. Jesus Christ is the way. We have to focus on Christ and follow Him. His commands. And His promises.
He will lead us to all that's been promised.
We won't have to settle for anything less.