(I’m using Youversion to read through the Bible in 2011. I’ll be posting thoughts here on the blog and on my Youversion profile (www.youversion.com/users/lamo5973) I hope you’ll join in on some discussion!)
Abram’s father, Terah, had originally set out from Ur of the Chaldees to the land of Canaan (Gen. 11:31). But when he got as far as Haran, he settled his family down there. In chapter 12, God calls Abram to leave his family and country for a new land- the land of Canaan- the place where Terah had originally set out for.
Terah settled down before reaching his destination. Abram “kept moving, steadily making his way south, to the Negev.” (Gen. 12:9).
The ability to “keep moving” is so important to our spiritual life. Abram knew that God had called him and “kept moving” in order to fulfill that call. Abram did not allow himself to settle down. He probably had his opportunities. In Egypt, Abram became a very rich man- but because of his deceit of Pharoah, Abram was kicked out and put back on the move.
We need to keep “keep moving” in our lives. If God has called us to something, we need to keep moving until we get to where God is leading. Settling down before reaching the goal is not what God has called us to. We should recognize that things in our life happen in order to help us to “keep moving.” As we grow as disciples, we should “keep moving” in our study of the scripture, prayer life, fasting, and service so that we do not become stagnant but become vibrant disciples of Jesus Christ.