*An audio version of today's devotional is available on Leading The Way's MY Devotional podcast.

Sadly, it is a common story in the Christian life that God calls us to something wonderful, but we settle for something mediocre along the way and run the risk of missing out on the great things God had planned for us. When God called Abraham, He told him, “Go . . . to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). At the time, that land was called Canaan. But when Abraham first left Ur, the city of his birth, he only made it as far as Harran, which was a long way off from Canaan and far from God's best for him.

One of the reasons God called Abraham to leave his old life in Ur was that He wanted to free Abraham from his family’s idol worship. God told him, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household" (Genesis 12:1). He knew Abraham needed a clean break from his old way of life.

But Abraham didn't quite make the clean break God desired. Instead, he compromised by allowing Terah, his father, to travel with him (see Genesis 11:31-32). This first compromise allowed for additional compromises—an eventual landslide of them.

The temptation to compromise and settle for less is something we all will face. When this temptation comes, we must stand strong in the promises of God. We miss out on God's best when we compromise with the world or take matters into our own hands. In Abraham's case, he believed he was honoring his father by settling in Harran. He also thought he was helping fulfill God’s promise when he slept with Hagar. But thank the Lord for His graciousness! He didn't leave Abraham in his sin or forsake him because of his failures. The good news is that God will also do the same for us, no matter how we may have compromised. He stands ready to lead us to His perfect plan for our lives if only we will follow.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You will never forsake me and that You are working for my good and Your glory. Help me to obey Your will, remembering that You have great plans for my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you’” (Genesis 12:1).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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