WHAT TO DO WHEN GOD CLOSES A DOOR
ACTS 16: 6 - 10
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Have you ever had a vision vanish, a dream die, an aspiration
expire, or an ambition annulled? Have you ever had your hopes
dashed? Has God ever said "NO," when you wanted Him to say yes?
Has there ever been a time when you thought you were really
doing God's will and God shut and barred every door you desired
to have open?
Has there ever been a time when you saw your plan FOLD only to
see God's will UNFOLD?
Sometimes God has to lead us to a closed door in order to create
within us a willingness to follow Him to another door, the right
one. Barred doors can be a blessing in disguise.
In our text Paul asserted that he wanted to go East toward Asia.
He wanted to go to Bithynia for a good reason. He wanted to go
preach the gospel. What a noble intent! Notice in verse 6:
"...they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit..." God said no. Why?
God always knows more and has stronger love than we. He can see
what we can comprehend.
Once we were returning on a flight from the Holy Land. Our rout
had been moved further north due to an Atlantic storm. We had
been flying over nine hours and were ready to land in New York.
The pilot then gave us a bonus. Without us asking for or having
to pay for it he gave us a one hour tour of Nova Scotia.Around
and around we went. Not exactly what we wanted.
More than a little exasperated I talked with a flight attendant
explaining our tight connections in ...
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