After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. Abram and Nahor both married.The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah.Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.
Terah took his son Abram, 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. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran. (Gen. 11:27–32)
We have all heard of Abraham. He was the Father of the nation of Israel. But what if his father, Terah, was supposed to be the father? What if the lineage was to read, Terah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob?
What if God’s plan had been for him to receive the blessing? The Word tells us that Terah took Abraham, Sarah, and Lot and set out for the land of Canaan. Canaan was the Promised Land. But when they came to the town named after his son who had passed away, they settled there. That was not their destination. Their destination was Canaan. But something made Terah settle in Harran, and he died there, never reaching the Promised Land.
Maybe he could not move another step farther because the town reminded him so much of his beloved son. Why did Terah settle for less than what God had for him? Why couldn’t he move forward?
So many times we live in our past. And those memories can destroy us. Think about driving a car. The rear view mirror is very small. It is not there for you to stare at while driving. You would not get very far if you tried to drive forward looking backward, you would quickly crash! But the front windshield is huge. This is where you’re heading. Where you need to keep your eyes!
Let’s look at Lot’s wife, in Genesis 19.
Abraham and Lot made it to Canaan. Lot chose one place to live and Abraham another. Lot lived in a very sin- ful city, Sodom. God was very upset with the sin of this city and had to destroy it. But he wanted to save Lot and his family.
So he sent two angels to remove them from the city before it was destroyed. They were told to flee for their lives. To not look back and to not stop.
But it says in verse 26, “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” She couldn’t let go, and it destroyed her. Something back there made her look one more time, and that was all it took for her destruction. Something was there that she could not let go of.
Sometimes we spend all our time in our past. Our mind constantly replays events, over and over again, and we never move forward in our thoughts. And it will destroy us.
We cannot change our past, but God can change our future. How many promises do we miss out on because we are stuck in our past?
I wasted so many years of my life. I understand being stuck in my past.
What pain from your past is keeping you from moving into God’s destiny for your future? What are you settling for that is not all that God has for you?
Who do you identify with: Terah, or Lot’s wife? What action do you need to take to move forward today? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to move toward the promises God has for you?