They set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
After God confused the language of proud Babel, people clustered around their patriarchs and practiced their own customs. There was no shared worship of the true God. Instead of turning to the Creator, people followed petty gods of self- interest.
A Chaldean named Terah left the bustling city of Ur and set out for a new life in Canaan. Why was he restless? What was he hoping to accomplish?
But Terah never got to Canaan. He settled in Harran. Perhaps he became stuck between a yearning for something more and a yearning for what once was. He had buried one of his sons back in Ur. Another son, Nahor, was named after Terah’s father. Nostalgia tends to keep people on a short leash. Or perhaps it was the lure of wealth. The pasturelands around Harran may have looked promising for Terah’s descendants. Whatever the reason, the Bible tells us that Abraham’s father settled for something short of his earlier goal.
Take some time to read also the list of names in Genesis
11: “From Shem to Abram.” It may seem dull, but behind the names are real people. Each generation had its own dreams, conflicts, and compromises. It’s no different today. Only the Lord can show us the way to calm our restless hearts.
God of Abraham, we trust what you’ve done to give us abundant life through your Son, Jesus, who descended from Abraham. Help us to tell others that no one need settle for less. Amen.
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