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Handling Closed and Open Doors (7 of 8)
Trying to understand God's Will
We love it when things work out according to our plans. We walk through an open door and it is great.
But we hate running into closed doors.
A slammed door is a harsh sound. It is not an easy sound to listen to. You've prayed, sought council and thought that everything was going one way and then it closes. It kind of reminds you of the election. Just think of the candidates and their feelings.
Closed doors can be very disillusioning and painfully disappointing.
It did not close because you were living in sin or because your heart was turned against what God wanted or because you were selfish in some way. It just closed.
Nobody can explain why!
You sort of reel and step back. You talk to the Lord and it is as thought the heavens are brass. The door is closed! Period! End of story!
Whether it is an election!
Whether or it is the person you think you are going to marry!
Or it is the Job you feel that is yours
Or a college you are going to attend.
You feel confused, disillusioned, angry etc.
Dr. Bruce Waltke says "The longer I live and the closer I walk with Christ, the more I believe He does not take the time to explain why. So we trust him through our lives without expecting the "why" to be answered."
He is the potter, we are the clay. He is the one who gives the commands; we are the ones who obey. He never has to explain Himself; He never has to ask permission. Nor does He predict ahead of time that we were just about to encounter a closed door.
Look at what Revelation 3 says.
7 "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (NIV)
Who is holy, that is sinless, the one "who is true. And by that He means He hates evil, and He does not counsel in error or ...
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