Most of us have been told of God’s promise to Abraham to give the land of Canaan to his seed, but did you know that his father Terah attempted that same journey first, but failed?
And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.
Why do you think he failed?
I think it had something to do with the death of his son, Haran, because Terah’s journey to the land of Canaan was abruptly ended in a city with the same name as his son.
And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.
The unfortunate death of Terah in the city of Haran teaches me something as I journey on this path.
Past relationships, as well as unhealthy family ties, can become hindrances to His plan for our lives.
Yahweh spoke directly to Abram and stressed the importance of cutting all ties, in order to follow His leading.
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”
We all want to live in peace and harmony with our families, and we should pursue that with every fiber of our beings. But if it comes to a competition between the Word of Yahweh and the love of our kin, something’s gotta give.
Think about this as the holidays draw near. Where do you stand?