“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an OPEN DOOR, and no man can shut it …” (Revelation 3:7).
We have often heard it said, and we’ve said it ourselves, “God opens doors that no man can shut and He shuts doors that no man can open.” There is a lot of truth to that statement and, of course, it has a biblical foundation. I think there is something else that is also true.
God often opens doors He intends for us to walk through and we refuse to do so!
The phrase “Open door,” is symbolic of the boundless opportunities and unlimited chances “to do something worthwhile; of grand openings into new and unknown adventures of significant living; of heretofore unimagined chances to do good, to make our lives count for eternity.” As someone has said,
“Open doors in the Bible never exist just for the sake of the people offered them. They involve opportunity, but it’s the opportunity to bless someone else. An open door may be thrilling to me, but it doesn’t exist solely for my benefit.”
“Open door” isn’t a phrase to describe just any opportunity. An open door is an opportunity provided by God, to act with God and for God.
Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn’t necessarily mean it is from God. And likewise, just because an open door looks a little uncertain, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t walk through it!
The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don’t want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don’t want to take every opportunity that comes along, assuming it is from God’s hand and has his blessings attached. If an open door is in fact from God …
(1) It will never contradict His written word,
(2) It will come with confirmation, and
(3) It will require some faith. Can anyone say, “R-I-S-K”?
Notice, in the passage above, Jesus doesn’t say, “I’ve set before you a detailed set of instructions about exactly what you should do and exactly what will happen as a result.” He simply says, “I have set before thee an open door“ [Revelation 3:17]. An open door is not a blueprint or a guarantee. It’s an open door. To find out what’s on the other side, you’ll have to go through it. When Abram was called out of the Ur of Chaldees, he wasn’t given a detailed blueprint. He wasn’t given a rough draft of what the future held. In fact, he wasn’t given a hint of what the future held.
Hebrews 11:8, By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
When you think about it. God may have opened a door of opportunity for Abraham to walk through, but that’s about all He did. He sure didn’t give Abraham any directions, instructions, and He sure didn’t give Abraham a five-year plan. He didn’t even tell Abraham where he was going! 🙂
If you read the passage in Genesis, you’ll see that God simply told Abraham to leave his father’s house, his family, his friends, his financial security, his future ambitions, and everything that was familiar to him. And that was about it, Oh, yeah, there was one more thing. God promised Abraham that he would bless him if he would walk through the open door!
Genesis 12:1-2, Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
An “Open door” is the great adventure of life because it means the possibility of being useful to God, a blessing to others, and making an impact with your life and ministry for eternity, but we have to overcome our fears and walk through it!
Just Reflecting on the countless Open Doors that many are refusing to walk through!!!