Doors shouldn’t be hard to open.
We push or pull them and walk through, right? The mechanics of operating a door is easy.
It’s what’s on the other side that can get tricky.
How many times have we stood in front of a door and asked God to open it, but He lovingly holds open a different door? Calling us in another direction.
Yet we turn away to continue banging on the closed door we want opened.
We all desire opportunity, don’t we? A chance for advancement, the breakthrough we’ve waited for. The problem comes when the door God gives, isn’t the one we want.
Can you hear me pounding on that closed door? I’ve pounded on more than a few, my friend. I’ve pounded so hard I didn’t realize God had shut the door He was holding open for me. The one He wanted me to walk through.
God places doors of opportunity before us every day.
He may bless us with an opportunity on our job. Perhaps a chance to make a new friend. He will always offer doors of opportunity that lead us to His love and mercy.
But God will not force us through any door. He opens them and beckons us with a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit. Will we follow His direction?
Opportunity can also come from the enemy of our soul.
Likewise, our enemy may stand beside an open door. He will tickle our eyes and ears, tempting us with the answer to our longings and desires. He opens a door that promises a clear path to happiness. But beware; the enemy comes only to destroy, to steal, to kill. He does not mean good for those who fall to his deceptive lure.
“…watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” -Genesis 4:7
The doors of opportunity God opens are not always easy. Sometimes we must work our way to the fulfillment we believed would be on the other side. Bitterness and anger build in us.
Finally, we move toward another door.
“Hey Monty, let’s make a deal. Can I change my mind and take what’s behind door number two?”
When we are most vulnerable, the enemy presents us with a door. We hear the whispering, the promises, and the lies: “Come this way. Enter my door to find everything you’ve ever wanted.” His door is beguiling. He says, “Leave that place, follow me and live to fight another day. What you leave behind over there doesn’t matter.”
Each of us face doors of opportunity, but how will we choose?
We can rest in the truth that God’s door will not leave behind us a trail of brokenness and chaos on our way to “happiness”. God’s opportunities lead to an everlasting joy, not a mere empty promise. God’s door never leads down a path that destroys the lives of others.
The door the enemy beckons us into is a lie. He doesn’t care who gets hurt. He doesn’t care who he destroys. The door the enemy offers is all about selfishness and temporary pleasure.
When we walk through God’s door of opportunity, we may embark on a long and unexpected journey. If our heart belongs to Him, that choice will be easy to make…even if the road is rough. Though we cry through the night—through many nights.
Our faith will lead us to God’s door. Enter there, for His way leads to life.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” -John 10:9,10