There are times we feel that even when we are trying our best to do good things and get the best we can out of life, things happen that hinder your efforts. I say that if you have placed your entire life in the hands of God and trust in Him completely when someone slams a door in your face then look for the open window…or perhaps another door! I heard a TV preacher quoting ANOTHER preacher: “Sometimes when there is a closed-door and God opens another one, there is Hell in the hall.” OK, I’ll bite, does that mean that because God is giving us something good we have to walk through Hell to get it?
I don’t know the complete-all-the-time answer for that, but I do remember the story of Joseph and how his own brothers sold him into slavery! After landing in jail accused of rape he was able to interpret dreams for some important people and the end of the story is that he ended up being the ruler of Egypt directly under, second in command only to the Pharaoh! When his brothers came to him begging food to take back to their land he said to them, “You meant this for evil but God turned it for good!” So we see that in that case, yes, he did walk through Hell to get to the best door.
Maybe you are going through a tough time right now and need to know exactly WHICH door to go through, I will tell you what I do. I pray that the wrong doors will ALL be slammed in my face so that I don’t have to make a decision. Does that always work? No, if it did we would never gain wisdom, knowledge or understanding. Read James 1:5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believing, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
I believe there are times that God wants to SEE how we react to certain situations, I hope He never gets disappointed when He watches me the way I have seen disappointed and scared parents watching their children react in way they never thought they would. In hidden camera, set-up situations children have been tempted to get in a car with a stranger to go help them find “a lost puppy” and the times they actually DID get into that car, even though the parents had grilled them on that very scenario! God gave us His very own Word, in writ and in the Flesh, through Jesus, and all we have to do is follow his instructions and do we always do what we should? Sadly, no, only speaking for myself here, not all you saints that read me (chuckling to myself).
Here’s help: Revelation 3:8 I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough. When I read THOSE words, I know that God’s plan for my life cannot be stopped if I trust Him; He opened a door that no one can slam shut! WOW!
Don’t be afraid to step out on those plans, but if they get stopped, don’t be devastated, just consider it a shut door because if God had opened it, it would have remained open, put your life in His big, strong, capable hands! Look for the open door but don’t be afraid if you find a closed one, if you face Hell in the hall, He will get you through it! Isaiah 43:2…When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Be happy when the door gets slammed in your face, it means something new is on the horizon!