Shepherd Daily Devotional – Unlike His Father

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Genesis 12:2

Terah, Abraham’s father, set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when he got to Haran, he settled and eventually died there. Abraham, however, didn’t think of leaving Haran until God told him to leave there and embark on a journey to Canaan – the very place his father had intended to go. Although, Terah had initially desired to stay in Canaan, the Bible didn’t tell us that he got that inspiration from God. Unlike his father, Abraham’s decision to move out of his father’s house to the land of Canaan was God’s will. While Terah appeared to be like a man who followed his own will, Abraham, seemingly, was a man who depended on God’s will. Therefore, one can say that Terah symbolizes those who often think their future is in their hands whereas Abraham represents people who depend on God for direction in life.

If God was the one who asked Terah to move to Canaan, Terah wouldn’t have shortened his journey by settling in Haran. If he had been sent by God, Terah would have felt the need to fulfill God’s assignment no matter how challenging it was. Terah’s unfulfilled dream is an indication that he wasn’t inspired by God. If Terah’s journey had been initiated by God, most likely, the covenant would have been between him and God. Abraham, on the other hand, encountered a lot of challenges as he tried to fulfill God’s will. But, unlike his father, he never gave up because he was aware of the need to fulfill his own part of the deal with God. If God is asking you to fulfill an assignment, know that He would see you through. God will not ask you to do something that will not succeed in the end. Fear not!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am willing to do your will. Amen.


Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.