“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an OPEN DOOR, and no man can shut it …” (Revelation 3:7).
As I mentioned in our previous post, 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.”
Most of us want to “do good” and we definitely want our lives to “count for eternity.” Within most of our hearts beats a sincere desire to do something great for God and good for mankind. It’s there because God put it there!
At the same time, we have fears. We have doubts. We have insecurities. And we definitely don’t like change, especially change that takes us out of our comfort zone. Because of this, many good, and often godly people, settle for second best and they don’t walk through the open door, even though it’s a door that God has opened for them. Concerning “open doors” and the failure to embrace them and walk through them, I like what one author wrote:
To fail to embrace the open door is to miss the work God has made for us to do. If we want to experience more of the Spirit of God in our lives, we need to train ourselves to look for and respond to moments of divine opportunity. Every door you take means leaving something and arriving somewhere. How will it change your life? What will it cost? Every journey — yours, too — will be filled with uncertainty and mystery and adventure and frustration and surprise.
You just have to wonder how many people have not been reached, churches have not been planted, mission works have not been started, orphanages have not opened, and the list goes on-not because God didn’t open doors of opportunity to do so, but because we have refused to walk through the open door. I am going to guess there have been many missed opportunities because of our fears, our doubts, our insecurities, and our desire for that which is familiar, comfortable, and convenient!
Open doors always seem a bit frightening. Much scarier than closed ones that’s for sure. We never know for sure what will happen when we go through the open door. When we have big decisions, life changing choices to make, we all want to know ahead of time, “What exactly are we getting ourselves into?”
But when it comes to God’s open doors, we seldom (if ever) know!!!
As one author noted, “One of the big problems with open doors is that they’re not always well marked. When God does call, the call may not always be clear. As a general rule, with God, information is given on a need-to-know basis, and God decides who needs to know what, when.”
Here’s another thing about an open door: We usually have a good idea that God is opening the door and beckoning us to enter. When we say, “I am wrestling with God” (we aren’t supposed to wrestle with God, we are supposed to surrender to His will), or “The struggle is real,” or “There’s a lot of inner turmoil within right now,” this is often our way of saying that God has opened a door and I am not ready or willing to walk through it.
But more about that in our next post!