In Genesis 11:31 we find the story of Abraham’s father, Terah.
“Terah took his son Abram[Abraham], his grandson Lot (Haran’s son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai (Abram’s wife) and moved out of Ur of Babylonia. They had planned to go to the land of Canaan, but when they reached the city of Haran, they settled there.”
Haran was located just past the halfway point from Ur to Canaan, approximately 1000 km from their point of origin. Terah set out on an epic journey across the Arabian Peninsula. But he only made it halfway. He stopped. He never reached his goal because he found a “good enough” place and decided he had gone far enough.
Maybe the journey was too difficult. Maybe they were worn out. Maybe they were just tired of traveling. Whatever the reason, Terah never completed his mission. He started off as a pioneer, but became a settler.
Let’s not allow this to be said of us. Let’s instead work toward the legacy that King David left: “David did God’s will during his lifetime.” – Acts 13:36
Is there an area in your life where you have “settled?” Maybe your church is good enough. Maybe you’ve impacted enough people. Maybe your marriage/family relationships are good enough. Maybe you’re just tired of dealing with all the drama that comes with moving toward a dream.
Don’t settle! It’s time for us to step up and do what God has called us to do! Do whatever it takes to get back into the game… find a counselor or mentor, take a vacation/sabbatical, take your wife on a date.
Don’t become a settler when God has called you to be a pioneer! There is too much at stake! God is counting on us. So is the world around us.