Are You Stuck in Haran?

Kevin Ibanez

"Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.  Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.  Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.  The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran."  Genesis 11:27-28, 31-32

Have you settled in Haran, when God has called you to go to the land of Canaan?  God has a plan for your life, He has a purpose for all of us, but what if we get derailed and miss out on God’s plan and purpose?  In the passage above, God has called Terah, the father of Abram (later God changes his name to Abraham), to leave the land of their ancestors, Ur of the Chaldeans, and make the journey to the land of Canaan. 

Terah sets out with his family, ready to follow God’s plan, but on his way to Canaan, on his way to fulfill God’s plan and call on his life, he stops and settles in Haran.  Terah does not continue on the journey and calling that God has on his life and by doing this, he put God’s plan on hold.  Why does he stop and settle when he could have been used by God reach Canaan, the eventual promised land of his descendants through his son Abraham?  I believe that the answer to this can be found in verse 28, which tells us that his youngest son, his baby, Haran died in his presence.  I believe that Terah was hanging onto this tragedy in his life and it affected him so much that he was unable to get past this hurt. 

I can sympathize with Terah; I, too, have three sons and one daughter whom I love dearly!  If one of them was to die in my presence, I would hope and pray that after mourning their loss, I could work through that incredible trial and pain in my life to continue serving our Lord and fulfilling His purpose for my life.  You see, I think that this deep hurt is what caused Terah to stop, and I believe that the deep hurt, pain too often derails many of us from fulfilling God’s plan and call in our lives.  Terah settles and eventually dies in Haran and he dies without ever being able to work through the death of his son.

This is why it is so critical that we know the gospel and live out the gospel in our lives.   God can empathize with the pain, tragedies and brokenness in our lives.  In Hebrews 4:15, we are told that Jesus, our High Priest can identify with our weaknesses.  He knows what pain is, and what it means to experience hurt, brokenness, grief, and despair. 

But the good news, the gospel is that Jesus came to make all things new (Rev. 21:5) and He has taken upon Himself all of the sin, pain, and tragedies of our world and has given us new life, new hope, and a peace that can only come from having a relationship with Jesus.

You see, God still accomplishes what He wants to accomplish in our world, with our without us.  This can be seen in Genesis 12, as God calls Abraham to pick up where his father left off by continuing the journey to the land of Canaan, the Promised Land.  With God’s grace and love, His gospel will carry on; but instead of settling and being consumed by the hard things of this life, wouldn’t you want to be a part of what God is accomplishing in your world?

God has a purpose and reason for your life.  He wants to use you to reach this world with His love and to accomplish this through us, the followers of Jesus Christ His Son.  The question is, will you let God do this, or will you stay stuck in Haran?  Will you give Jesus your sin, your pain, your grief, your struggles, your inadequacy, your fears and allow Him to work in and through you to accomplish His plan and purpose to redeem humanity to Himself?  If you need help in overcoming and dealing with sin, grief, pain, struggles, etc., do not try to do it alone.  Turn to Jesus first, and then reach out for help.  Seek out a pastor, a ministry leader, or even a fellow Christian for help and prayer.  Also here at Sunrise Church, we have an excellent Biblical Counseling Ministry as well as a Celebrate Recovery Ministry that can be of assistance when it comes to dealing with grief, pain, addictions, etc. 

So, my encouragement to you is don’t stay stuck in Haran; move forward in Christ so that you can pursue and accomplish all that God wants you to do!

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