The God who closes doors [1]   2 comments

Closed Door

Closed Door

What he opens, no one can close;and what he closes, no one can open” Rev 3:7

These words were addressed by Jesus to the church of Philadelphia to encourage them. The same words were used in Isaiah 22:22 to demonstrate the authority of our Lord.

Adam Clarke said of this verse:

Key is the emblem of authority and knowledge; the key of David is the legal right or authority of David. David could shut or open the kingdom of Israel to whom he pleased. He was not bound to leave the kingdom even to his eldest son.He could choose whom he pleased to succeed him. The kingdom of the Gospel, and the kingdom of heaven, are at the disposal of Christ. He can shut against whom he will; he can open to whom he pleases. If he shuts, no man can open; if he opens, no man can shut. His determinations all stand fast, and none can reverse them.”

Basically, Christ has absolute authority on His government. He is King and Ruler of heaven and does what He wants. No one can oppose or thwart His plans.

Our God is in the heavens,and he does as he wishes.” Ps 115:3

For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” Is 14:27

The crowds and Pharisees rejoiced that finally Jesus was defeated. Pilate tried to intimidate Him and said:

“Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?

Jesus said with serenity: “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above” John 19:11

The supreme court of a country has itself God as its authority. Paul said :

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Rom 13:1

Colossians 2:10 says:

So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”

Before He left, Jesus affirmed: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” Mat 28:18

The reason of this post is first to establish that Jesus is above our boss, the head of our pastor and the One who has supremacy over any powerful authority. It might appear strange to you but if you’re within God’s will, there’s nothing which will happen to you that Jesus is not in control of.

If you’re obedient and submit to the Spirit’s voice, God will faithfully lead you where He wants you to be. When an authority oppresses you, think about what our Lord said:  “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above“.

Many times we call out to God to open doors but forget that this God equally closes doors. God has His own way of doing things. He has His own timing, plan and purpose. We cannot impose God deadlines and constraints. God is never late or lose control. When Saul saw that Samuel was late, he panicked and offered the sacrifice himself.

Jesus knew that Lazarus would die but still did not go instantly to heal him. When Jesus reached Bethany, Lazarus was already in the tomb for 4 days (John 11:39).  Mary and Martha thought it was over.

Martha with her little faith said: “if you had been here, my brother would not have died

But Jesus said:

Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40

When all has been said and done, the One who has the power over life mightily stood and called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”. Jesus not healing Lazarus was a closed door for Mary. For Jesus, it was an opened door for a mighty miracle. Was the Lord late to heal? In human eyes yes. No one thought Jesus had in mind to let Lazarus die and raise him back from the dead. It was for His own glory He did that. The result of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead was more spectacular than just healing him. As a result a huge crowd believed in Him.

God often does spectacular things at the last moment to test the genuineness of our faith.  Remember the Israelites holding their breath between the Egyptians and the Red sea? There was visibly no way out. However, what the Israelites thought was a closed door(Red sea) was actually the exit door.

Many times we pray to God and ask Him to lead us and take control of our lives. The irony is that when He does it, we start to rebel. We do not understand why doors are closed and things not done as we wish. We are anxious, frustrated and feel lost. Rejoice! For God is at work to form your character and make you grow in your faith. In these moments, you will learn to pray and know Him more. If doors were always opened we would not seek God or recognize His hands. I tried by my own efforts to do certain things thinking I had the capacity to manage it all. It just did not work out the way I wanted. I was astonished because it never happened in my life that doors were closed like that. It had to be the loving Father up there closing all these doors. Then I remembered that I asked God to guide my steps about my projects. It was so tough to surrender what my hands were grabbing so tightly. I wanted to be in control of my destiny and happiness and finally left it all to God. Dear readers, if you want to be within God’s will, expect that God can also close door before you. If you want to exclude God from your life then you’ll be your own master and doors you knock will probably be opened.  But beware, the grass given by the Good Shepherd is not greener elsewhere.

Many who have excluded God in their lives are rich and prosperous. They have a happy family, healthy and enjoy life. But the tragedy is that they have rejected God’s plan for them. They are rebels and opposing God.

Peter said : “For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you” 1 Pet 5:6 AMP

  • When God closes doors, let us not persist. If God opened a door for you, He will carry you through. I prefer walking alone with God on the narrow road than walking with many companions on promising projects.
  • When God closes doors, He takes you out of your comfort zone for His own purpose. We do not like insecurity and we fear walking by faith like Abraham to a place we do not know.
  • When God closes doors, you stop relying on your money, management abilities, relatives and contacts. It’s then your knees start to feel how hard the floor is.
  • When God closes doors, you learn to be patient, know Him and grow in your faith.

James said: “Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” James 1:3-4 AMP

  • When God closes door, it is probably because it is not yet the time. Closed doors are a blessing because God protects and loves you. Even when proclaiming the Gospel, God closed doors.  This is what happened to Paul and Silas:

When Paul and Silas passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia they having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word in the province of Asia.” Acts 16:6

If God is at the center of your life and you did not get a job you were looking for, a relationship did not work out or a project failed to concretize, then there’re good reasons to be grateful. We have no idea of what really awaits us behind a closed door. When we pray to God and the answer is ‘NO’, we are skeptic because we’re not getting what we want. Is not it wiser to just obey instead of trying to force the door?

Dear readers also rejoice that when God opens a door, no one can close it.

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Posted November 9, 2013 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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2 responses to “The God who closes doors [1]

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  1. Cedric, this post was amazing, hit me right between the eyes.

    God recently closed a door – not permenantly I believe – and I had thought I was ok with it but my actions & thoughts have proved I wasn’t.

    This post however has given me a much- needed reminder about 1) Gods sovereignty 2) Gods perfect timing. It also echoes a prayer a friend prayed over me about this very subject yesterday.

    Thank you for your reminder. Well-written & challenging me to get back with what God wants, not what I want.

    • Hello,

      I’m still discovering that God closes doors. When I realized that God does it because of His love for us, I murmur less. God can let us do what we want but at the end we’ll end up messing up and remain unsatisfied. When we push God away, He won’t impose Himself. The tragedy is when He stops closing doors and leaves us do what we want.

      Hebrews 12 says:

      And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
      As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
      For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way
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