How Do You Express Your Faith?
We all know that God opens doors. We’ve seen Him give us favor, good breaks, promotion. That’s the hand of God opening the door. But the same God Who opens doors will close doors.
Maybe you prayed, but you didn’t get a promotion you wanted. You applied, but your loan application didn’t go through. A relationship you’d enjoyed didn’t work out. So often we can become discouraged and feel like God has let us down.
But god can see the big picture for your life. God knows where every road is leading. He knows the dead ends. He can see the shortcuts. He knows some roads are a big circle.
We would go for years and end up right back where we started, never making any progress. We can’t see what God can see. A big part of faith is trusting God when you don’t understand why things happen the way they do. God may close a door because you’re believing too small. If He opened the door, it would limit what He wants to do in your life. Another door may close because it’s not the right time, or there are other people involved and they’re not ready yet. If God opened that door at the wrong time it wouldn’t work out.
The bottom line is this: God has your best interest at heart. When a door closes, you don’t know what God is saving you from. If your prayers aren’t answered the way you want, instead of being discouraged or feeling like God let you down, why don’t you have a bigger perspective? The reason the door closed is because God has something better in store.
If God wanted you to have that promotion you didn’t get, He would have given it to you. Shake off the disappointment and move forward. Know that there is something better coming. Or if God wanted the person who left you to stay, that person would still be with you. Shake it off. The right people are in your future.
It’s no accident that some doors are closed to you. You may not understand why right now. You may feel that opportunity of a lifetime just passed you by. But one day you will look back and thank God for the closed door, because if God hadn’t closed the door you wouldn’t have met the right person. Or if God hadn’t closed another door, you would have been stuck at one level and not seen the amazing favor He has in your future.
I used to get excited about my open doors, but I really felt down about my closed doors. Now I thank God for my closed doors just as much as I do my open doors. I want you to come to this church where you have the same trust in God, and you are so confident that He is directing your steps, you say, like David: “God, my life is in Your hands.”
If you believe that when a door closes and you don’t get your way, you won’t be upset. Your attitude will be: “I know this door didn’t close by accident. God closed it on purpose, and what God closes I don’t want to open. I don’t want my way. I want His way. He knows what’s best. He can see what I can’t see. God, not my will but Yours be done.”
My friend, that’s a very freeing way to live. When you really believe God is in complete control, it takes all pressure off.