Without missing a beat, I told my friend, "I don't have to push against any door that is shut. If God wants the door opened, well, He can open it! It's up to Him, not me."
Hmmm. Sounds like I really trusted the Lord for direction. Well, I did trust Him. I expected Him to open the door, make the way, and not make any bones about it! Trouble was...He never opened the door.
It was then I decided to reach out my hand, turn the handle, and push the door open just a tiny crack.
You see, I had a new plan: I'd open the door and let God close it if it wasn't His way or will.
Trouble was...He never closed it either.
What was I missing? I discovered I was missing Jesus's voice. In Revelation 3:20, John writes of Jesus, "‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.'"
So let me get this straight. Jesus stands at a door that I am standing behind. He knocks on the door and speaks. I hear His voice and open the door and then it's dinner for two.
Now that's intriguing (and sounds a little easier than inspecting and investigating all the doors in my life right now).
Of course, Jesus wants access to our hearts first, yes; but He also desires intimate fellowship with us from that point forward. (This is how He guides us.)
Suddenly decision making and opportunity taking topple from my priority list.
The only door I would be wise to open is the one that lets Christ in (not the one that lets me out). He is our daily manna, our bread of life. He offers us life when He saves us, and He offers us salvation while we do life.
Trust is when we swing wide our heart's door when we hear His voice. In this way, our relief comes as we know that Jesus leads us all the way. That really should amount to something in my walk as a Christian. Because I know Him and hear Him, I will follow Him.
It's just that simple, a thousand doors notwithstanding. .
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