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 “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 the came to Haran, the settled there.” Genesis 11:31

Sometimes we get tired of the journey. Sometimes the promises of God seem out of reach, or meant for others ‘who get the whole God-thing’. Sometimes our own failures or poor choices in the past keep us tied up and unable to move.

Early in his life, Abraham (or Abram as he was named at birth) was called by God to leave his homeland and go to Canaan. He packed up his father and the rest of his family and headed north, along the mighty Euphrates River. This path wasn’t the most direct, but it was the easiest. The river valley provided food, water and shelter for the livestock, women and children.

Once the group reached Haran the journey would change. Rather than lush valleys, mountains and some wilderness lay ahead. It would be a difficult journey. At his father’s suggestion, the family changed plans and settled in Haran. But that wasn’t God’s choice, it was mans.

Soon Tehran died and God came to Abraham once more and called him to continue the journey. This time, Abraham obeyed and was blessed beyond measure with cattle, land and children. God’s promise of a better life came true but only when Abraham was willing to obey God’s call to enter the wilderness.

Tehran took the easy road, settling for something less that God had intended. Abraham received God’s blessing because he chose to forsake all else and follow God.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, there are so many times when I’d rather choose the easy way. Please give me wisdom to know your way and courage to follow you. Don’t let me choose second best but help me to pursue the blessings you have for me. Amen

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