4 Reasons God May Have Closed a Door
It can be hard to remain hopeful when it feels like every time you get used to something, God snatches it away.
or Every time it looks like things are looking up, here comes a big fall.
or Every time you take a step in the right direction life forces you take 2 steps backwards.
Constantly being pushed back to square one is no fun. At some point it can become stressful and draining, but I can assure you, it’s always for our good in the long run.
Here are 4 Reasons God May Have Closed a Door…
1. Timing is everything.
A closed door does not necessarily mean a locked door. If it’s meant to be, it will be. But we sometimes want it all and we want it right now. But God may be saying…
- “slow down”…
- “not yet”…
- “in due time”…
In fact Ecclesiastes 3:1 warns us that…
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”
God may very well be using your waiting period as a season of preparation. To get you ready for what’s to come. It may feel like torture right now, but it will be worth the wait.
2. For your Protection.
We may not realize it at times, but some of our decisions can turn out to be very dangerous ones.
I for one have a history of picking all the wrong guys to date. I’ll admit that.
But, I can’t tell you how many times God has stepped in and protected me in some of those relationships and possibly from marrying the wrong guy. He always managed to show me exactly who they were just when I needed Him to.
Whenever this happens, I find myself reminded of Psalm 91:11…
“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.”
In some of my business dealings, when I felt like doors were just being slammed in my face, I later found that God had protected me from scam artists, thieves, and just down right bad business deals.
3. We’re distracted.
Sometimes a closed door is God’s way of getting us to focus on the things we should have been focusing on all along.
If we’re not careful, we can began to idolize something or someone. We become so fixated, that this thing or this person becomes our entire world (so to speak).
They have our undivided attention and usually consume most of our time and energy. Whether it be our careers or a relationship. These things began to serve as more as a distraction than a blessing. Leviticus 26:1 tells us…
“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.”
We shouldn’t give anything more praise than we give God. There should be nothing or no one else that holds the number one place in our hearts.
4. It’s time to move on.
Sometimes a closed door is God’s way of pushing us into greater things.
As Christians, A comfort zone is a bad place to be. Most of you know the story of how this blog came into existence; God closed a door for Dreana (the Founder of The Praying Woman). It all started when she was fired from her job almost 7 years ago.
Although she didn’t know it at the time, God was simply moving her out of her comfort zone into something more fulfilling. Every time I read her story, Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind…
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
That’s how awesome God is. He knows how to take us from “0 to 100 real quick”.
Yeah, the process may not be a pleasant one. It may even hurt a little, but one thing is for sure, You’ll thank Him later!