OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS
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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways and my thoughts than
your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

The Bible has much to say about open doors
but many times – even as Christians
– we seem to face obstacles on our path
and in our ministry. Blocked doors can
be VERY frustrating. Yet God often
uses closed doors to advance His cause.

Bible teachers like Max Lucado
remind us that God closed the womb of a young
Sarah so he could display His
power to the elderly one. He shut the palace
door on Moses the prince so he
could open shackles through Moses the
liberator. He marched Daniel out of
Jerusalem so he could use Daniel in
Babylon.

And even Jesus knew the
challenge of a blocked door. When he requested a path
that bypassed the
cross, God said no. He said no to Jesus in the Garden of
Gethsemane so He
could say yes to us at the gates of heaven.

It’s not that our plans are
bad but that God’s plans are better.

A prayer is circulating on the
Internet that expresses it this way:

He asked for strength that he might
achieve,

he was made weak that he might endure;

He asked for
health to do larger things,

he was given infirmity that he might do
better things;

He asked for power that he might impress men,

he
was given weakness that he might seek God;

He asked for wealth that he
might be free from care,

he was given poverty that he might be wiser than
carefree.

He asked for all things that he might enjoy life,

he was
given life that he might enjoy all things;

He received nothing he asked
for.

He received more than he ever hoped for.

His prayer was
answered!

Blessed man!

The shortest distance between a closed and
open door is the distance between
your knees and the floor. The one who
kneels to the Lord can stand up to
anything.

RESPONSE: Today I will
accept that my blocked door doesn’t mean God doesn’t
love me. Quite the
opposite. I’ll see it as proof that He does.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord that
You know best and have even better plans for me
and my service for You. Help
me wait patiently for You to open the right door
at the right time!

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