January 5

Genesis 11:1-13:4; Matthew 5:1-26; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 1:24-28

Most of us have heard of Abram (later known as Abraham). Many people are not familiar with his father, Terah. Terah had three sons and along their journey his son Haran died. God comes to Terah and tells him to leave Ur of the Chaldeans and go to the land of Canaan (The Promised Land). Terah, takes Nahor and Abram (and their families) and heads towards Canaan. He gets part of the way there and stops in a place named Haran.
Terah died in Haran and never made it to Canaan! There are events that happen in our lives that knock us literally off our feet so much so that we stay stuck in that place, even though we know we have a destiny to pursue. We try to get up and “soldier on” but we seem to only mark time and space without any real movement towards our purpose. We allow an awful event to define us so that it steals our future! God gets no glory out of that!
God gets glory when we keep moving forward even while it hurts, because God knows that the best antidote to our pain is purpose (Promised Land).  As we pursue our destiny by trusting Him, God will heal the pain and replace it with unspeakable joy. You may think that you cannot do it and you are right, you can’t! But, God can! Look at what Jesus said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Ask God today to “…Make your way plain for me to follow.” (Psalm 5:8) God’s path will lead you to the Promised Land (Purpose) for your life. Do not let anyone else lead you because you will be led astray. Even if it’s with tears in your eyes, press forward to that place that God has destined for you. That’s why we remember Abraham and his story is notable. Not for his mistakes or failing or pain, but because he kept going toward his destiny. Let the same be said of you!

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