When He Shuts the Doors… then He obviously wants you to walk through another one. Shutting doors are great ways that He can keep us from disastrous situations. Sometimes we experience the greatest storms, when we try to open the doors that have already been slammed shut for a reason.
Did you know that when a door is shut, God is sending a message to you in this way? Now you can discern.
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!”
Revelation 3:20-21 MSG
So now in front of that closed door, God is there… Knocking, for you to find HIM during those times of melt down, shut down, cast down or being thrown down. Now is the time for you to go DIRECTLY to Him!
Have you ever noticed during that critical and most needed moment that when you reach out to someone…they are no where in sight? Like you know your best buddy is online all day and when you call them now you go straight to voicemail. In that moment where you need a NOW answer, you get no text back. In those moments of raging tears streaming down your face there is no one available and no one to talk to! We laugh about it now, but it is true! That is when God says…”All the doors are shut… now have you TRIED ME! I AM THE I AM! THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA! There is no other besides Me.”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
This is when we learn who we really are, what we are made of and who God really is in our life! It becomes the most intimate and precious moment ever. A moment where you let down everything and let the violent tears come tumbling down. You crash to the ground in that moment of anguish and you grieve. You cry out. You are no longer sure of what to do. This is exactly what happened to Hannah in 1 Samuel Chapter 1. This is what happened to King David in 1 Samuel 30 at Ziklag. This is what happened to Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicals 20. This is what happened to Paul and Silus in Acts Chapter 16!
We all have our own chapters too. But in all those drilling chapters are the moments that we really took a firm place in God. We learned of His attributes. We learned of our own attributes and core values. We meet the God of Elijah! We collide with the Prince of Peace!
Have you ever stood in front of a door that has been slammed in your face? How did that make you feel? What did you think of during that time? We call them more “Life Lessons Learned.” But those are the moments that make us become all that we are today. We gain all the strength that we need because we can now unmistakably knock on the door that leads us to life. It leads us right into the arms of our Lord. It leads us right into our very purpose and worthwhile destiny.
There are many doors in our life that are meant to be shut for when we try to reopen those doors we instantly remember why they were closed in the first place. For it is during those devastating moments where we think that God doesn’t care or hear us…that He was leading you there from the beginning. This is where we learn to knock on the door that He will open. Then He dines with us.
We have to learn how to let go, walk away, be still, be calm and just trust that He is working this out for our own good. This wont make sense to everyone but it does make sense to me…
When I can’t… I KNOW I can’t!
Let God be God!
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him.”