- Whenever humans are faced with a threat; our survival instinct kicks in, and we react like any animal in this situation! We have The Fight Or Flight Response. The two options come naturally. We either fight to survive, or we simply hide ourselves(throw in the towel) out of fear.
- This family probably went through a lot of unpleasant threats throughout their journey- Maybe pain, disappointments, opposition, etc. And they probably thought “Enough is enough! We can’t handle these obstacles all over again!” So, the fear of experiencing more unpleasant threats made them throw in the towel and settle in Haran.
- Fatigue usually brings us to a point where we struggle to visualize the future, and we assume our situation is unique.
- This family probably went through so much physical and/or mental strain in this journey, and fatigue made them give up their dream and settle in Haran.
- Whenever we put a lot of hard work in something; we expect the results to match our hard work. If they fail to match it, we get discouraged and we stop working hard.
- This family already walked many kilometres; and by the time they reached Haran, they probably discovered that they were not even half way to Canaan- “All this hard work, and we get such little results!” They got discouraged, and decided to give up by settling in Haran.
- Whenever we go through the seemingly ‘never-ending struggles’ in our lives, we gradually develop bad habit of thinking negatively. We then lose confidence in ourselves, and end up lowering our standard.
- Because of their ‘never-ending struggles’ of the journey, this family probably were thinking “Maybe this dream is too big for us to achieve.” And that made them lower their standard by settling for a land that was second best.
- I have seen business people who gave up on their business ventures and settled for 8 to 5 job; just because- in their mind- it took too long for business to take off.
- I have seen students giving up on the degree they are passionate about and settling for their second choice, just because the first choice is too difficult and/or too long.
- I have seen people marrying those who are not the spouse of their dreams and settling for second best, just because “You know what; I’m not getting any younger!”
The opposition may be bigger than you, but refuse to give away what’s rightfully yours!
But what scared me the most about this story is verse 32- Terah lived 205 year, and he died in Haran. Notice that- just like most people today- Terah went to the grave with his vision not reached. He joined the many people before him, who died with untapped potential still within them.
Dr. Myles Munroe once said:
- “The wealthiest places in the world are not your gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks; but is the cemetery. Because there; lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted…”