Is God responsible for closed doors of life?
How often have we called out to God asking Him to allow that promotion to happen, for that job we want, for that car we desire? But I can hear it now… “Shouldn’t we be able to ask for the desires of our heart anytime?” Sure… however I believe it’s a matter of how the desire is communicated that counts more to God. And who best to model how to approach God than to look at how Jesus approached His Father. In Luke 22:42, we find Jesus in one of His most anxious moments ever recorded, knowing fully what events were to take place of these next several hours. In the passage, we find Jesus going off to be alone to speak with His Father asking that what was about to transpire be taken from Him. But notice how Jesus begins His request… “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
I’ve been working hard to be more deliberate at making sure that my words and my actions are in alignment. At the root of this desire is the trust of knowing that God loves me and wants what is best for me. But do I have that faith to trust Him in all things? It’s certainly easier to believe that I just witnessed a “God moment” when “open doors” are experienced. After all, open doors in life equate to opportunity and progress. But can closed doors be another form of blessing from God? Do we interpret closed doors as God turning His back on us and loving us less? If He loved us, He’d never hold back from us, right? After much reflection, I’m learning that God closing doors may mean just the opposite… that by closing doors, God is offering an opportunity, through faith in Him, for us to experience a better outcome that would otherwise never have been revealed.
At the core, it is God who orchestrates all events in our lives. Revelation 2:7 states that “What He opens, no one can shut, and what He shuts, no one can open. So, closed doors are from God, and if we have the faith we’re called to have as Christians, the best we can do is to thank God for closings doors knowing that He loves us and knows what is best for us… even though to us, it may appear bad when things don’t work out as we expect them to. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states that we are to “give thanks to God in all circumstance”… closed doors certainly qualify.
So what are some of the reasons for God closing doors? He may be guiding us going down a different path that He did not have us going down left to ourselves. As humans, we get caught up in complacency and typically wouldn’t take on a proactive role to implement change unless we were guided towards that change.In the end, it is God who knows what is best for us… imagine the possibilities if we just trusted Him fully with our lives?
Closed doors allow us to reflect more and to become more prayerful. This typically doesn’t happen when open door events take place. We may be thankful for the event, but we usually don’t consciously give thanks to God for that open door event as we usually take open doors for granted as coming from God. Closed doors grab at our hearts more intensely and substantive prayer follows.
Closed doors also allows us to turn to God more deliberately, rather than trusting man. The Psalmist spoke in Psalm 20:7-8 that “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Remaining focused on God and believing by faith that He is who He is and has our best interest at heart, begins the process of preparing us for what doors God will open for us… in His time, not ours!
Paul does an amazing job in Ephesians 3 at explaining God’s plan for the Gentiles not by boasting of his association with Jesus, but through humility, expressing the glory to be experienced when we put our faith in God. Paul also explains that the many blessings he speaks about is in God’s time and not our own; that waiting on God’s plan will ultimately reap the greatest reward for generations to come.
Father… we ask that You help us to communicate more effectively with You through a changed heart. Help us by closing doors to allow us to focus more on You so we can know You better. And help us to continue to grow in faith so that we can know in our hearts that you love us so we trust that the plans you have for us are good whether they are exposed using closed or open doors. Amen!
gstefanelli (Greg Stefanelli)