Mid-Week Refresher

Closed Doors

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

The Bible has much to say about open and closed doors and many times – even as Christians – we face obstacles on our path, in ministry, and daily life. Blocked doors can be very frustrating. Yet God often uses closed doors to advance his cause.

The Bible itself reminds us that God closed the womb of young Sarah so he could display his power to an elderly Sarah. He shut the palace door on Moses the prince so he could open shackles through Moses the liberator. He displaced Daniel out of Jerusalem so he could use Daniel in Babylon.

Even Jesus knew the value of a closed door. When he requested a path that bypassed the cross, the Father said no. He said no to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane so He could say yes to us at the gates of heaven.

It’s not that our plans are bad but that God’s plans are better.

A prayer is circulating among churches that expresses it like this:

“The man asked for strength that he might achieve,

He was made weak that he might endure;

He asked for health to do larger things,

He was given infirmity that he might do better things;

He asked for power that he might impress men,

He was given weakness that he might seek God;

He asked for wealth that he might be free from care,

He was given poverty that he might be wiser than carefree;

He asked for all things that he might enjoy life,

He was given life that he might enjoy all things;

He received nothing he asked for.

He received more than he hoped for,

His prayer was answered!

Blessed man!”

The shortest distance between a closed and open door is the distance between your knees and the floor.

This very day I will accept that my blocked door doesn’t mean God doesn’t love me. Just the opposite. I’ll look at it as proof he does.

Thank you LORD that your plans are better than my plans, and you guide me in your plans through open and shut doors. Help me wait patiently for you to open the right door at the right time!

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8 thoughts on “Mid-Week Refresher”

  1. Nice one, G.! An excellent reminder of our need to submit to God’s wisdom and insight that reaches vastly farther than our thoughts and vision ever could. It’s especially challenging when all your “human sides of things” seem to be a good match for something that you want to happen, but then God keeps the door closed for His own purposes. I am reminded of the hundreds of resumes I sent out in an attempt to “go back” to what I was doing before a little wilderness wandering time, but God said, there is no going back.

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