We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do
an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared
anything over there for us. If he didn't close the wrong door, we would
never find the right door.
God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. Once a
door closes, it forces you to change your course. Another door closes,
it forces you to change your course again. Then, finally, you find the
open door and you walk right into your blessing.
The Lord directs our paths through the opening and closing of doors, but
instead of praising him for the closed door (which keeps us out of
trouble); we get upset because we "judge by the appearances."
You have an ever-present help in the time of trouble that is always
standing guard. Because He walks ahead of you, He can spot trouble down
the road and set up a roadblock or detour accordingly. But through our
lack of wisdom, we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the
detour sign. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying,
"Lord, how could You have done this to me?"
We have got to realize that the closed door can be a blessing. Didn't He
say that no good thing would He withhold from them that love Him?
If you get terminated from your job, praise God for the new
opportunities that will manifest themselves: it might be another job, it
might be school.
If that man or woman won't return your call, it might not be them, it
might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).
One time, a person had a bank they had been in business with for many
years tell them "No!" to a $10,000 loan. The Lord put in their spirit to
call another bank. That bank gave them $40,000 at a lower interest rate
than the first bank was offering.
We can sometimes trap ourselves in doubt and discouragement through
judging by appearances. Be grateful for the many times our Father has
closed doors to us just to open them in the most unexpected places.
The Lord won't always say in spoken words: "Go to the left, now to the
right" ...sometimes He will just close the doors that are wrong for you.
God Bless You Always!
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