Kalamazoo Free Methodist Church
931 West Maple Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Services at 10:
00 a.m. Sundays

 

Day 33                                           Revelation 3:7-13

 

     Have you ever been to a store with automatic doors that would not open?  You step on the pad to activate them, push with all of your might, and even kick them in frustration, but nothing will open those doors!  I have also seen store personnel struggling with the opposite problem, especially in the winter. The door malfunctions, locking open when someone passes through, and the cold and snow begin to blow in.  No amount of effort can change the situation. It is as though some unseen force has complete control over whether the door will be open or closed.

 

     In our lives, that is exactly how it is.  God is able to control the events and opportunities of our lives.  He knows our deeds and our hearts. He knows what we can and cannot do.  He will open certain doors of opportunity and close others as He sees fit.  No amount of effort on our part or by others will change that. This does not mean that we don’t have free will to choose certain paths in our lives, but it does mean that God is at work along the way opening and closing certain doors of opportunity.  In Revelation 3:7-8 we read:

 

     ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:  “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

 

     For those who faithfully follow the Lord, these are great words of comfort.  Knowing that God is actively opening and shutting doors on our behalf. In our lives, it is not so much a matter of begging God for open doors.  We know He opens doors. It is more a matter of being aware when a door is open.

 

     But we can also request certain doors be opened or closed.  We are told to ask and to “knock, and the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7).  God answers our prayers and opens doors when our lives are aligned with His will.  Even when we come against doors that have always been shut before, opportunities that have avoided us, we can ask the Lord for another opportunity and He can provide another way.  I once heard someone describe this prayer as, “If you can’t open a door, try a window!” I don’t know if I would go that far, but I do believe that when we are earnestly seeking God’s will, we can trust Him to open the right doors and close all others.

 

     I find myself regularly praying, “Lord, help me to see the open doors you have provided today and give me the courage to walk through those doors.”  Try praying that prayer but be prepared to follow through. God has already “placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8). What is behind that door and what will you do on the other side?