Faith - when you’re “hope so” becomes a “be so.” - Andy Stanley
We are in a new series at church called Fresh Faith. Our pastor shared a scripture I’ve never heard before and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Before I share what that scripture is, let me give you a quick, little backstory:
Abraham is called the Father of many nations and the Father of Faith because when God instructed him to “leave your household, your country and your father’s house to the land I will show you…”, (Gen 12:1) he did. He obeyed and by faith took his family to Canaan, the Promised Land and received all the benefits and promises God had for him.
So here’s the scripture that was shared with us on Sunday:
“Terah took his son Abram (later named Abraham), 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 they came to Harran, they settled there.” Gen. 11:31
Whoa! Hold up!
Was Terah supposed to be the Father of many nations and the Father of Faith? Was Terah supposed to see the Promised Land but never did because he settled?
Think about that for a moment! He got to a place that was obviously a safe place to stop. Maybe it was supposed to just be a short stop. Maybe they were just supposed to rest and take a few days to recoup from travelling. But it was a good land, one he could feed and house his family. And he got comfortable. And he settled there. And because he settled, his wife settled and his children settled, until one day God calls his son, Abraham, to leave his family and this place to take the Promised Land.
What are you missing out on because you are settling?!?!
I’m going to leave you with a few questions that were asked of us last week:
*Is faith necessary for the life you’re living right now?
* Has familiarity and comfort caused you to not need faith?
I don’t know about you, but I want ALL God has promised me. I want to do EVERYTHING He has called me to do in this life and
I. WILL. NOT. SETTLE. If you have settled or if there are dreams in you that you have buried because of fear or finances or age, I pray they resurface!
A 101 year old man just received a patent on a product he's working on that could keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. His business partner is 81!
I would encourage you to set aside some quiet time to answer these questions and see where 2019 can take you deeper into faith.
I dare you to unsettle.