Friday, January 29, 2016

Sarah: Dealing with Change

There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.

This picture is from a preteen reader's room.

Dealing with Changes
     One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Genesis 11:31
     Abraham and Sarah, then called Abram and Sarai, lived in Ur of the Chaldeans along the Euphrates River in what is now southern Iraq. This was an important city in the ancient world. If you picture the people of this time as uneducated and living as cavemen, think again. Ur was a flourishing city. It was the center of culture, power and wealth. It was at its peak of power in Abraham's day. Abraham was probably a very educated man, and Sarah most likely had all the luxuries of life.
     Abraham's father, Terah, decided to move the whole family from the thriving town of Ur to the land of Canaan-- a land very different from Ur. The family packed up and said goodbye to their home and all they knew. Then they set out. But for some reason, Terah stopped halfway to Canaan in the village of Haran in what is now southern Turkey, and the family remained there.
     Sarah's life took a dramatic turn when she left behind the art, culture and thriving businesses to follow her family. The Bible doesn't say much about this move, but we can guess that it was hard for Sarah to leave her life in Ur to become a traveler and then reside in Haran. Yet she accepted it, and the family stayed there until Terah's death.
Thinking it Through:
            Changes aren't always easy. Sarah had to leave behind a bustling city for Nowhere Ville, yet the Bible doesn't mention her complaining about the changes.
Are you known as a complainer? Or do others know you as someone who handles changes and challenges well. The next change you face, remind yourself to be a bright light by not complaining (Philippians 2: 13-15). Instead, ask God to help you trust him to take care of him no matter what changes come.

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