God Opens Doors and Closes Doors: Learning to Follow God’s Leading

God Opens Doors And Closes Doors

God opens doors and closes doors. Life is full of change. Navigating life’s changes can be scary. Psalms 37:23 says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (New Living Translation) That scripture is encouraging because it assures us we don’t have to always know what our next move in life will be. We can rest knowing that God knows what is best for us. If we allow Him to, God will direct our steps in the ways that are the best for us. To follow God’s leading, we must be able to recognize which doors God has opened for us. Also, we must recognize which doors God has closed.

Often changes in life occur because a door either opens or closes. In my life, God has opened doors, and He has closed doors. You may wonder what doors I am referring to. The doors have involved many areas of my life. Throughout life, God opens doors of opportunity in careers, doors to relationships, and doors to ministry.  God can and does open many types of doors. Being able to distinguish between which doors God has opened and which doors God has closed is vital to success in life.

John’s Revelation from God

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 received by the disciple John 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. God wanted to clarify that Jesus can open doors no one can close, and close doors no man can open.

Jesus is the holder of the keys. When he opens and closes doors, He is fulfilling the will of God the Father. I often wonder how many of us, including myself, have spent days, months, or even years trying to force our way through doors God has closed. Attempting to open a door God has closed is futile and will only lead to frustration and discouragement.  If God closes a door, nothing we or anyone else can do will open the door.

How many of us have missed doors of opportunity God opened that held the potential to change our lives? Notice the scripture says, “WHAT HE OPENS NO ONE CAN CLOSE.” This shows God opens doors that were before closed. We are also told “WHAT HE CLOSES NO ONE CAN OPEN.” This makes it clear God also closes doors that were open.

Following God’s Leading in Your Life

We mustn’t spend months or years of life trying to pry open doors God has closed. Often we want something so badly, we are oblivious to the possibility it could be something God does not want for us. In those situations, God has closed the door. It may have been part of God’s will for your life at one point, but circumstances often change. God knows what is best for us. Circumstantial changes often cause God to close a door. 

Let me give you an example. Sometimes relationships reach a point where you feel in your spirit they are drawing to a close. Have you ever been in a career and felt led by God to move on to something else? Or. perhaps you were a member of a church and felt God saying your time there was finished. I’m not talking about leaving a job or a church because you are mad at someone, or disagree with something. That is not reason to move on.

I am talking about when you feel an intense direction and leading causing you to know your time on that job or at that church is done. I believe when God closes a door for you at a church, He will ALWAYS quickly open and lead you to another open door at another church. If you leave a church and have to wander around for months seeking another church where you fit, you should ask yourself if you were really being led by God in leaving.

Sometimes God Opens Doors That Were Closed

The point is, throughout life God closes doors and opens doors. Have you ever had an opportunity open seemingly out of nowhere? Sometimes doors of opportunity suddenly open that you wanted to walk through for a very long time. You were previously unable to because they were doors God had temporarily closed. When God opens a door for you, no person on earth or no demon in Hell can close the door or prevent you from walking through it. The only one that can keep you from walking through a door God opens is you.

You must exercise faith to walk through the open doors God brings about in your life. Stay in God’s word and keep your spiritual eyes opened to what God wants for your life. Not doing so has caused many to miss an open door God wanted them to walk through in faith.

Looking at my life, I wonder how many times I spent wasted years trying to force open doors God had closed. I wonder how many doors God opened that I didn’t recognize or simply missed because of fear of the unknown. Have you tried to pry open any doors? Have you missed any open ones?

The Lord Will Show You Which Paths To Take

I’ll end this post by leaving you with two 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 heed the advice of this scripture, God will prevent us from wasting time trying to pry open doors He has closed. He will lead us through the doors that are good for us.

Don’t get discouraged if a door has closed in your life, or a door you hoped would open has remained closed. It only means that God has something even better in store. He has a door prepared just for you that will bring blessings and change to your life. Find that open door and 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.  

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mark

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