Tuesday 8 November 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 13 W 3 D 2.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you made it.

We continue digging in Daniel 6:3, "An Excellent Spirit." Still in Genesis 12, as learn from Abraham's excellent spirit. There seems to be a disconnect between Hebrews 11:8 and the actual occurrence of Abraham and Terah's journeys. Hebrews 11:8 (NKJV) reads, 

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going."

It reads, "he [Abraham, and Terah, by extension] did not know where he was going." Really? That is not what we read in the actual report on Terah and Abraham's journey. The scriptures tell us Terah set out for Canaan, and Abraham went from Haran to Canaan. 

That did not sound like they did not know where they were going. Or, maybe that is because we are reading it after the occurrence. They possibly had never been to Canaan before. They left Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. Terah stopped at Haran, and Abraham finished the journey.

Canaan was the last bus stop, but they left for it according to God's guidance, though being there for the first time. They moved by faith towards a goal, target, or vision God had called them to. They saw it in their mind's eyes and were crazy enough to believe God for it.

That however is not the most interesting part of it all. The most important thing is what Abraham was looking for. Terah settled in Haran and missed Canaan. The reason(s) are not clear in scripture, but we can guesstimate from the human experience of life. 

Terah was looking for an ordinary city, and Haran fitted into what he was looking for. Abraham was looking for a city whose builder and maker is God. Hence, even when he arrived in Canaan, he could not settle. He knew there was more. So, he kept searching and seeking.

Abraham is our example on many levels. One, we must always have something to seek for. When the immediate goal is accomplished, set a new goal. Another way is to have an eternal goal to which every other goal is a subset. 

The other level is that Canaan was not Abraham's goal. God was his goal. Nothing less than God could satisfy his thirst and hunger. He kept seeking. Hence, his energy and enthusiasm were never depleted. 

These are the disposition of those with an excellent spirit. They are always seeking, ever-learning, ever-growing, ever-developing, ever-achieving, and ever-reaching. Do you have an excellent spirit?

Let us pray.

The Saint.

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