As we go through life, doors will open and doors will close. Life is full of change. Navigating the changes that life brings our way can be scary at times. Of the many scriptures in the Bible that I consider being among my favorites and one of the most encouraging is the scripture found in Psalms 37:23, where it says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (New Living Translation) That scripture offers comfort and encouragement to us because it assures us that we don’t have to always know what our next move in life is going to be. We can rest in the knowledge that God knows what is best for us, and He will direct us accordingly as He sees fit. As our situations change, if we will allow Him to, God will direct our steps down the paths that are the best for us. There are times in life that in order to follow the direction and leading of God, we have to be able to recognize which doors God has opened for us, as well as which doors God has closed. Some of the changes that we experience over the course of our lives are due to the fact that doors open and doors close. I have had doors in my life that God has opened, and I have also had doors in my life that God has closed. As you read this, you may be wondering what doors I am referring to. The doors have involved many areas of my life. Throughout a lifetime, God opens doors of opportunity in careers, doors to relationships, and doors to ministry. There are undoubtedly many other types of doors God can and does open. Just as certainly as God opens doors, He also closes doors. One of the keys to a successful and fulfilling life is being able to distinguish between and recognize which doors God has opened and which doors God has closed.
There is a scripture in the book of Revelation that I am reminded of that I would like to share with you. In Revelation 3:7 it says, “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open.” (New Living Translation) This scripture was part of the revelation from God that the disciple John received while exiled on the Isle of Patmos. In this scripture, “the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David”, refers to Christ. In this scripture, God wanted to make it clear that Jesus has the ability to open doors no one can close, and close doors no man can open. Jesus is the holder of the keys and whatever he opens and closes is simply the action of fulfilling the will of God the Father. As I read this, I have to wonder how many of us, including myself, have at times spent days, months, or perhaps even years trying to force our way through doors that God has shut. Attempting to open a door God has shut is futile, and will only lead to frustration and discouragement. As the word tells us, if God shuts a door, there is nothing we or anyone else can ever do that will open the door. I also have to wonder how many of us have missed or neglected doors God had opened over the years that held the potential to change our lives for the better. Now, there is a truth in this passage of scripture that I want you to notice. Notice that it says WHAT HE OPENS NO ONE CAN SHUT. This indicates that God does at times open doors that were PREVIOUSLY shut. We are also told that WHAT HE CLOSES NO ONE CAN OPEN. This makes it pretty clear that God also at times closes doors that were previously open.
The message that I pray you will take away from all of this is that we cannot allow ourselves to spend months or years of our lives trying to pry open doors God has shut. So many times in life, we want something so badly that we are oblivious to the possibility that it could be something God does not want for us, and has therefore shut the door. The door He has shut could be a door that was previously open that was in accordance with God’s will for your life at one point, but changes in situations and circumstances caused God in His infinite wisdom to shut the door. Let me give you an example. Have you ever been in a relationship or friendship that reached a point where you just felt in your spirit it was for some reason drawing to a close? Or, have you ever been an employee on a job, or a member of a local church, and you felt a strong leading from God to move on? Now hear me when I say this, I am not talking about leaving a job or a church because you are mad at someone, or disagree with something. That is not reason enough to move on. I am talking about when you feel an intense direction and leading in your spirit that causes you to know that your time on that job or at that church is done. I firmly believe that when God is truly closing the door for you at a church, He will ALWAYS quickly open and lead you to another open door of fellowship at another church. If you leave a church and then have to wander around for months to find a church where you fit, you should ask yourself if you were really being led by God in leaving. I won’t get started on that point…that’s something for another blog post sometime. The point is God at times shuts doors along the journey through life. At times, He opens doors. Have you ever had an opportunity open up seemingly out of nowhere? Sometimes there are doors that suddenly open up that were doors we were wanting to walk through for a very long time, but were unable to because they were doors that God had previously shut. The great news is that when God opens a door for you, no person on earth or no demon in Hell can shut the door or prevent you from walking through it. The only one that can keep you from walking through a door that God opens for you is you. You have to exercise your faith to walk through the open door that God brings about in your life. It is imperative that we stayed in God’s word and keep our spiritual eyes opened to what God wants for our lives. Failing to do so may cause us to miss an open door that God wants us to walk through in faith.
As I write this, I am reflecting on my own life and wondering how many times in life I have spent wasted months or years trying to force open doors God had closed. I also wonder how many doors God has opened for me to walk through that I may have failed to recognize, or simply missed because of fear of the unknown. Have you tried to pry open any doors? Have you missed any open ones? Allow me to end this post by leaving you with a couple of scriptures from Proverbs chapter three. In Proverbs 3:5-6 it says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (New Living Translation) If we will heed the advice of this passage of scripture, God will prevent us from wasting time trying to pry open doors He has shut in our path, and He will lead us through the doors that He wants us to walk through. Don’t get discouraged if a door has recently shut in your life, or a door you hoped would open has remained shut. It only means that God has something even better in store, and has a door prepared just for you that will bring blessings and change to your life. When you find that open door, walk through it boldly in faith. You won’t be alone. God will be right there with you. Trust him. He knows what’s best for you.
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