Have you ever been in line at a store or public event to receive a special freebie they were handing out. Only to be disappointed that by the time you arrived at the front of the line, they run out? I have and it feels like a wave of disappointment washes over you and you are left empty-handed.
Similarly, is the feeling that may occur in your life when what is perceived to be an open door of God’s perfect will for your life is closed. You may feel disappointed and left empty-handed and down-hearted.
What do you do when God closes a door?
You keep walking and you keep waiting.
- You keep walking with the Lord.
Don’t turn and run away from God because the door is closed. Think of the lyrics of Trust and Obey, the familiar hymn, by John H. Sammis:
When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way. When we do His good will, He abides with us still. And with all who will trust and obey.
Keep praying and talking to the Lord about your disappointments and desires. Listen to His still small voice’s reassurance of His presence in your life as you read your Bible, He abides with you still, just trust and obey.
2. You keep waiting on His perfect timing.
The Bible has many reassuring accounts of God’s perfect timing in the lives of His people:
- Abraham and Sarah’s waiting for Isaac
- Christ’s perfect timing to be born after the promise of His coming hundreds of years before His birth by the prophets
- Mary and Martha’s waiting four days for Christ to appear after the death of Lazarus to see him resurrected
God’s timing is marked throughout the entire Bible and when it is waited on and carried out it is perfect! Your life and walk with the Lord is not any different that the examples of faith and timing that were mentioned above. God’s design is still the same, His timing will reflect a conscious plan for your life in the same way.
Watching and waiting. Two simple words that can explain a great principle of obedience in the questionable moments of life. Read Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”