Opening A New Door

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Fear and worry is all too often a common theme in our prayer requests before God.  It is usually the fear of the unknown causing all the worry, stress and havoc within our lives—It’s those, “What if’s?” Many times it can feel as though the walls are closing in, as we come to the end of our understanding and resources when we’re dealing with a problem.  I have found these times to be a great catalyst to draw me to my knees in earnest, fervent prayer. 

I have found many times there is a process at work in the midst of our tough challenges.  For instance, when a door/chapter closes in our life we will usually find ourselves feeling as though we are sitting in a hallway on the outside of it—sometimes it can feel as if it were slammed in our face.  We tend to want what we want, and we will do amazing things to get the door back open so we can walk back through it.  We must understand there will be times when this is not possible, or it is not God’s will for this to happen (Prov. 16:9).  

When a door shuts in our life we may find ourselves confused and not fully understanding why this is happening to us.  When this happens we must remember what we are told in Proverbs 3:5-7, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.”   I love this verse because it tells us three very important things to give us peace.  

First, we must trust with ALL our heart.  This means there is no room for doubt or worry, because we know our Lord is on the throne and is in control.  .  

Second, It means we must not rely on our own reasoning.  This simply means we cannot rely solely upon our own information, conjecture and assumptions, as to how something is going to work out.  We need to remember all of the challengers and difficult times will be used to strengthen us, keep us dependent upon God, to direct our Christian walk, and to shape the character of our soul (Rom. 8:28; James. 1:2-4).  

Third, it means we are not to be wise in our own eyes when we make decisions, no matter how easy or obvious they may seem— we must look to God and His word to guide us. 

The enemy loves to tempt us to believe that we are some sort of victim when tough times come our way, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  God is simply giving us an opportunity to turn to Him for guidance, care, provision, protection, and to walk in faith.  Our faith is always being strengthened, and this is the way God chooses to exercise these spiritual muscles. 

If you are finding yourself in a trial of sorts right now, I would like to encourage you to draw near to the Lord today and seek Him with your entire heart, mind and soul.  Read and trust His word, and simply begin to walk, one step at a time.  God is going to open up a new door for you soon.  It might not be that old normal that you want, but it will be a new normal, and there will be many blessings awaiting you. 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:1, 6 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 11:1 and 6, what can we learn about faith?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to continue to walk in faith when a door has been shut in your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for His guidance of your life today.  Trust in Him completely and watch how many doors of opportunity open.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for loving me enough to continue to change me to be more like You.  Help me to see what You desire for me to see today.  Help me to continue to walk in faith as I place my trust in You alone.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott








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