There will be times when a door closes and you can’t understand why. In a relationship, you may feel that you’d found the perfect person, but it doesn’t work out. Or maybe it will be the perfect house, but your offer will be turned down. It may not make sense when it happens, but one day it will. One day you’ll look back and say:
“God, thank You that the other property was sold out from under me.”
“God, thank You that the loan didn’t go through.”
“God, thank You that the other person walked out on me.”
Here’s the question: Will you stay in faith while you wait to see what God is up to? Will you not grow discouraged and start complaining? “Nothing good ever happens to me. I can’t believe I didn’t get the promotion. I’ve been at the company longer than anybody else.” Or, “I treated this girl like a queen and she just wants to be friends. She says I’m just like her brother. God, I don’t want to be a brother. I want to be a husband!”
Trust God with your life. He knows what He is doing. I pray every day, “God, open the right doors and close the wrong doors. God, bring the right people across my path. Weed out those shouldn’t be there.”
I’ve learned the closed doors are just as important as the open doors. Don’t be discouraged by your closed doors. You may be like me. You may want a piece of property right now. But God has a building already built for you. He has more than you can ask or think, an exceedingly, abundantly, above-and-beyond future.
Friend, God loves you so much that He hasn’t answered certain prayers. He hasn’t allowed certain people into your life whom you really wanted, because they would have limited your growth. Learn to trust Him. Thank Him for your open doors. Celebrate His goodness. But thank Him just as much for your closed doors knowing that He is still directing your steps.
The Scripture says, “God’s ways are not our ways. They are better than our ways.” Maybe you have prayers that weren’t answered the way you wanted, or something didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. Let these words sink down into your spirit: God’s way is better than your way. His plan is bigger than your plan. His dream for your life is more rewarding, more fulfilling, better than you’ve ever dreamed.
Stay open and let God do it His way. Put the request on the altar. It’s okay to be honest and say, “God, this is what I want. God, You know how badly I want it. You know how much it means to me. But God, if it’s not Your best I don’t want it. God, I trust You.”
When you want something so badly that you convince your self you can’t live without it, you try to make it happen. You may pray night and day for it, but God is merciful that if it’s not His best, He is not going to answer that prayer. He loves you too much to open that door. Why don’t you trust Him? He wants you to fulfill your destiny more than you do. He is in complete control.
When you come to a closed door, consider it a test of your faith. Will you become bitter, live in self-pity, and give up on your dreams, or will you move forward knowing that God is still in control?
If you pass the test, God will release what He has in your future. And many times it will be exactly what you’re praying for. God will bring back the person you wanted. Or He may bring an opportunity you thought impossible. God just wants to see if you trust Him enough to be happy even if it doesn’t happen your way.
That’s what happened with Abraham. God instructed him to put his son Isaac, the person who meant the most to him, on the altar as a sacrifice. Just when Abraham was going to harm him, God said, “No, Abraham. Don’t do it. I just wanted to see if you trusted me enough to give me your own son.”
Abraham passed the test. What happened? God gave him back what he really wanted, the person who meant so much to him. When you face a disappointment, or a closed door, or when your plans don’t work out, if you keep a good attitude and stay in faith, you will pass the test. If you do that, it allows God to give back to you what you really want the most.