Sometimes we feel we just have to offer advice and counsel to our friends and family members in need and hurting. We have used some sayings so much that they have lost their effectiveness. For instance, though attributed to the Bible and not actually being in the Bible, many a person has been told, “God won’t put more on you than you can handle.” There is another phrase that sometimes does not have the effect that some intend, “When God closes one door He always opens another.” Now this statement is true. The Bible offers many verses that teach God has a plan for His children. Hebrews 13:5 teaches we should be content wherever we are for Jesus has promised, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Psalm 119:133 teaches God will, “Order my steps in thy word.” We can have the utmost confidence that God has a plan for the life of His children.
This truth sometimes fails to comfort. A person whose fiancé has just called off the marriage is heartbroken and devastated. Here comes a precious saint of God saying when God closes one door He will open another. Oh well, I see I’m all better now; let’s go get something to eat. Many dear men of God have been forced out of a pastorate by power brokers. Here comes a dear saint of God saying when God closes one door He will open another. Oh, I understand, now I am ready to jump right back into service. After 25 years of pastoring I have observed a few things about doors that I would like to share.
GOD DOESN’T CLOSE EVERY DOOR THAT GETS CLOSED.
God is in control of all things. Nothing happens that God does not allow to happen. Yet in His sovereignty He has given man the freedom to act. It could very well be that it is God’s will for a young couple to be married but one of the individuals rebels against God, enters the world and is not able to discern God’s will for their life and calls off the relationship. God will pick the pieces up of broken lives but He didn’t close this door. God often gets credit for things He is not responsible for.
SOMETIMES BEHIND DOOR NUMBER TWO IS A ZONK.
Monty Hall used to host a game show called, “Let’s Make a Deal.” You could trade a prize for a chance to win a bigger prize. Many times behind curtain number two was a zonk. For my article let’s just say a zonk is a deal that is not as attractive as the first deal. Sometimes in life behind our door number two is a zonk. In I Kings 17:3 God tells Elijah to hide at the brook Cherith during a time of drought. King Ahab and Jezebel are trying to kill Elijah. As the brook was drying up God tells Elijah to leave Cherith and go to Zarephath in verse 9. Zarephath was in Zidon and Ethbaal was their king. His daughter was Jezebel. Ethbaal was a worshiper of Baal and he too wanted Elijah dead. Elijah watched as the brook dried up wondering when God would close this door and open the next. God closed the door at Cherith and opened door number two and it was hard, extremely hard to go through. He would live in a land where Ethbaal ruled and his safety in jeopardy.
THERE WILL BE A FINAL DOOR WHERE NO PAIN AND HEARTACHE CAN FOLLOW.
Job 14:1 records Job as saying, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” In this life you will have trouble. The book of I Peter prepares the believer for fiery trials. Our lot as believers is to give thanks and to rejoice in all things. This is God’s will for our lives. Good times – give thanks and rejoice. Heartache – give thanks and rejoice. One day every believer will be in the presence of God. Listen to what that day is going to be like in Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” No tears, no death, no sorrow, no crying and no pain – what a day.
By the way, if you see someone who is heartbroken about a door being closed Romans 12:15 offers pretty good counsel, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that do weep.” Sometimes just crying with a person helps make everything better.