Listen: Chris Witts presents Morning Devotions.
In Part 1, I mentioned the statement that when one door closes another opens—God does that. God will sometimes close a door in our life to redirect us for someone else’s benefit. You have to realise, it’s not all about you! God loves others as well.
Do you remember the Old Testament story about Joseph? I’m sure you do. The boy with the coat of many colours. Talk about having a few doors closed in someone’s life!:
- He was the favourite son—next thing, he was sold into slavery and dad thought he was dead.
- He was Potiphar’s favourite servant—next he was thrown into prison and falsely accused of groping Potiphar’s wife.
But in his case you know the rest of the story: God opened a huge door of opportunity for Joseph to become second in charge over Egypt. Do you remember why? Was it for his benefit only? Was it all about him? No! God chose to close certain doors in his life and then opened another, ultimately, to save his family and all of Egypt in a time of great famine. And this also opened up the door for the Israelites to settle into the richest part of Egypt for 400 years and grow from a handful into a mighty nation..
God may close a door to bless someone else
Sometimes God just may close a door in your life to bless another. He may just keep you where you are because he wants you there or he may open a door of opportunity so you can help someone else that you don’t even know or may never get to know. Sometimes God may choose to close a door in our life to help us, even force us to grow. How do you know what potential you have—unless you learn, or unless you try something new?
Someone once said, “Closed doors are opportunities to move forward in our lives. They are the universe’s way of telling us to move on from a situation that doesn’t serve our highest good.” It’s not the universe’s way of telling us to move on to a higher good—it’s God way of telling us!
We are all created in God’s image—that’s what Scripture tells us.
We are all created in God’s image—that’s what Scripture tells us. That means you have unlimited potential. In most cases the one holding you back, more than anyone else, is the person you see when you look in the mirror. Does a baby bird know that he or she can fly? Probably not until the mother bird pushes them out of the nest. Likewise God will sometime kick you out of your nest in order to get you to experience something new and hopefully grow.
God may say No to certain prayers in order to direct you to roads that will lead you to what he wants and expects from you.
God wants to guide us—if we’ll let him
God is personally involved in our lives; we aren’t put on this earth to just wander around aimlessly. The God of the Universe has a plan for you and I; he’s interested in us. In the Bible the book of Proverbs says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
There is a lot of confusion about trying to find direction in life out there. Some people look to the stars or cards, fortune cookies, mediums and psychics—others are just paralysed by indecision, but God wants to make his plan known to you.
There is a lot of confusion about trying to find direction in life out there.
A man asked his wife, If you could have anything in the world for one day, what would you want? She responded with a smile, Well, I’d really love to be six again. Early the next morning, the morning of her birthday, he got her up and off they went to a nearby Waffle House for waffles and whipped cream with a tall glass of milk. Next, they headed to a local theme park.
What a day! He put her on every ride in the park. The Death Slide, the Cyclone Whip, the Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear, the Double-Ring Ferris Wheel—everything they had, she rode. Five hours later, she staggers out of the theme park with her husband—her head still reeling, her stomach still churning. Off to McDonald’s next.
He ordered her two Big Macs along with extra fries and a thick, chocolate shake. After that they took in an exciting animated movie—the latest Hollywood blockbuster. They had popcorn and Pepsis, a bag of M&Ms—topping off the day full of fabulous six-year-old adventures. Exhausted, she stumbles into the house late that evening with her husband and collapses on the bed. That was when he leaned over and softly whispered in her ear, Well, dear, how’d you like being six again? One eye opened, she said, Well, actually, I meant my dress size. Talk about a misunderstanding!
Life can be a challenge—less so with God’s help in guiding us. We read in these verses:
- “As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9 – NIV)
- “A person’s steps are directed by The Lord. How then can anyone understand their way?” (Proverbs 20:24 – NIV)
God closes doors so you can change direction
Many times you keep on doing what you do all your life. But God might certainly have better things in store for yourself. Since you are comfortable doing what you are now doing and good at it, you will never think about changing direction at all. So, to get your attention God will close doors in your face. He will not allow them to be opened again for you, no matter how hard you try.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8)
It is only then that you will listen to what God has to say to you. He may whisper to you to:
- Try something new.
- Take up a new job.
- Apply for a promotion.
Isn’t it true, that doors that are open never inspire you to pray much? But when the door closes you suddenly become aware of how much you need to pray. You are filled with helplessness as you feel the impact of a closed door shut on you. You begin to get on your knees and cry out, Oh, God help me! The cries echo in emptiness.
You feel the pain of rejection, darkness, and despair. You continue to pray, because you have no other choice and you pray until you feel an assurance in your heart that God has heard you. His peace settles in your heart. Now you can eagerly expect God to open some doors for you.