by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday August 2, 2005
Responding to Closed Doors
Disappointments can be hard to bear. One minute life seems on track for what we hope and dream. The next moment our way is blocked. How do we respond when faced with closed doors?
If our hearts are set on a certain course of action, we may convince ourselves it is God’s will and push ahead anyway. We might send up a quick prayer asking for His help or blessing, but mostly we will move forward. By manipulating people or circumstances, we could get what we want but be outside of God's plan. Another way we respond to a blocked path is to become emotionally upset. Then we face the danger of remaining in our feelings, whereby we replace our Christ-centered perspective with a self-centered one. Strong emotions can lead us to try to blame someone, especially God. Anger toward Him can lead us to rebel against Him and His ways.
Godly responses, on the other hand, start with waiting and trusting. When the Lord blocks our way, we are to have faith in Him, taking time to assess the situation, and praying for guidance. By asking the Spirit to increase our sensitivity to the events around us, we will be able to notice any open doors. Even if we find none, we are to live with hope, anticipating other doors of opportunity in His perfect time. Thanking God for His work on our behalf is essential, even at times when we lack understanding. Finally, remaining faithful to what God has called us to do is an important part of our wait.
Wait. Trust. Pray. Obey. This is God's prescription for handling closed doors.
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