God Closes One Door And Opens Another

Every day, our desire should be to follow the Lord. Our theme song should be the lyrics to the old hymn;
“Wherever He leads I’ll go. Wherever He leads I’ll go.
I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so. Wherever He leads I’ll go.”
But at times, God closes the doors on something we want to do.
For example, in Acts 16 the Bible says that Paul and Silas traveled through Phrygia and Galatia because, the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia…” We don’t know why God prevented them from preaching there… and we don’t know how God dod it but Paul clearly felt it wasn’t God’s will for him to go through Phrygia and Galatia.
Then, Paul came to Mysia and Bithnyia…but the Bible says, “… again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.” Again, we don’t know why they were prevented from going that way and we don’t know how God closed the door but it happened. But then, God sent Paul to the seaport of Troas. That night, Paul had a vision and in his vision, He sees a man from Macedonia standing there and pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” Paul added, “We decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.”
I’m sure that when Paul wanted to go to the province of Asia but couldn’t, Paul was likely confused. Then, when he wanted to go to Mysia and Bithnyia, he felt the same thing… he wasn’t sure why God had closed the door.
As followers of Christ, we all, at times, experience closed doors. And when it happens, we can wonder why? We can even get bitter with God if it’s something we really want to do. So, how do we deal with the closed doors of life?
First, we have to trust God. God loves us, God knows us and wants the best for us. So, if God is closing the door, we can trust God.
Second, we have to wait until the right door opens. This requires patience and very few of us are strong in this area.
Maybe there is something you are wanting to do. You have prayed about it but you are not getting an affirmative answer from God. You begin to sense that maybe the door is just closed. If God closes one door, He will open another.
I’ve heard it said, “God doesn’t close one door without opening another.” At the time, we may not understand why God closed one particular door but, we can trust the Lord.
Maybe you are struggling with this right now. You don’t understand why God has closed a door. It’s either because you aren’t ready or the timing isn’t right or, God has something better for us.
Back in the summer of 1984, a small church in Bogalusa, LA was interested in me as their Pastor. I preached for them one Sunday and began talking with the committee. But, the timing wasn’t right. I was about to get married. I wanted this church badly but it simply wasn’t happening. They moved on and I moved on. And just a few months later, I went to Bluff Springs Baptist which was closer to our home. God closed one door but opened another.
When a door closes, we can trust the Lord.

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