Revelation 3:7-8 (Message) Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks: “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.
Have you ever tried to open a door that should have been unlocked but was still bolted shut? You expected it to be open turning the handle continued progress with a nudge only to be stopped abruptly. Maybe you were embarrassed, a bit agitated, perhaps perplexed. It is natural to take a step back – examine the doorway, give the knob another quick twist, and maybe another push just in case. Nobody likes to be locked out of a place they desire entrance to. Have you ever gone to a business thinking it was open only to find it unexpectedly closed? Frustration. Maybe the website posted the wrong hours or for unforeseen circumstances the establishment closed. Again…it strikes the cord of our impatience. There are doors in our life that Christ has opened and there are some that have been slammed shut. It is important to understand the finality of His Faithfulness in the openings and closures of life.
The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks: “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done.”
Jesus by virtue of His Death and Resurrection was granted full authority and power in our life. By inviting Jesus to live inside of us, and Christ to be the foundation of our life now we have that same authority and power within us. The doors open to His Promise and Blessing are wide open. The doors to death and defeat slammed shut. However, human nature doesn’t welcome boundaries. We are not a fan of proposed limits. God will be our Refuge. Strong tower. He will be our Shelter. His Kingdom is ready and available for us. However, we must learn to change our heart and mind when it comes to closure. There are things in life that must be avoided in order to choose the proper path. I cannot go in two directions at the same time. Therefore, I must choose a course. What will it be? To pursue the open doors or keep pushing the closed ones.
“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done.” The Lord has never forgotten a single one of his children. He doesn’t leave us or forsake us. Every open door is an opportunity and every closed door a blessing. We must be secure that God is doing exactly as He promised. He sees you today. Somebody needs to hear that. God sees you. He is looking directly at you. He did not close a door to keep you from something good but to direct you to it. I must become confident in Christ. Confident enough to wait, watch and walk when I would rather be impatient, inattentive and unfaithful. That’s right, I said it. To be perfectly honest when the Lord closes doors it is usually not our most defining moment. Too often we pitch a fit because God is doing things His Way and not our way. We must trust that the Lord sees us. We must believe that even when it seem like life has hit a dead end that in reality He is doing something and leading us to our destiny.
I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut.
We must remain truly confident in God’s Ability to hold doors open for us. Time is defined by God with the promise to make everything beautiful in “its” time. It must come to full fruition. To arrive at the door too early would abort the purpose. You cannot arrive late because the Lord orders our steps to the proper time. We must only keep walking faithfully, humbly and submissively with our God. (Micah 6:8) In doing so, every open door awaits us. God is Sovereign. He reigns supreme. Our faith and trust in Him must be based on this fact coupled with the truth that nothing can separate us from Him, His Love or His Goodness. No weapon formed against us can prosper. We are overcomers through His Son – Jesus Christ.
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.
In order to find the open doors and avoid the closed ones, it is imperative that God’s People learn to persevere. We must press on rather than giving in to doubt and frustration along the way. There will be closed doors. It is inevitable. But there are so many open doors leading to the exceedingly abundantly greater things of God worth having not to waste our time and energy on what is not!
Hebrews 10:35-39 (Message) So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
Finding open doors means learning to leave closed ones behind. It means not allowing the disappointment of a dead end to delay our faithfulness or debunk our trust. It is important to look beyond those unavoidable and unexplainable things that keep us perplexed and wondering because if not our hearts begin wandering into wildernesses. God has His Eyes on you today. He knows exactly where you are and more importantly exactly what He is doing. He is faithful. Even when I am not, God remains true to His Word. He sticks with the Plan. His Purpose is innately entwined in our DNA so it is always there. If only God’s People could become convinced that God’s Perfect Plan is a sure thing. It only takes trust and time to see it unfold. Open doors are in the pathway before us but cannot be discovered standing in front of a closed one knocking.
We must learn to “thrive” on loyal trust. I love that part. If I cut and run, I will not be happy in the end. My goal is full satisfaction and absolute fulfillment just as the Lord has promised. I desire inexpressible joy. I long for perfect peace. It is found behind the doors that He opens not the ones slammed shut. Lord, help me to be patient and persistent in my faith. Lord, teach me to wait longer. Show me how to trust you more. I am ready for the next open door. I believe you are leading me straight to it in Jesus Name.