closed doors

I prefer open doors rather than closed doors, but it seems to me that God leads us not only with open doors, but also with doors that are shut airtight.  Sometimes it bugs me when a door is closed to me & I can take it as personal rejection, which is always tough.  But if I choose to see a closed door as part of God’s guidance, then it doesn’t seem to hurt as much & doesn’t feel quite so personal.  It also helps me to remember that the Apostle Paul had his fair share of closed doors, many of which he was locked behind as a prisoner!

Let’s consider that God has the right doors to open for us & we can trust that God is working all things together for our good as we stay in love with God & stay true to the divine purposes in our lives!

discovering God’s provisions

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the various needs in my life.  Sometimes I just think about them, but sometimes I get discouraged, sometimes I get frustrated and sometimes I get excited about them because I know that God has something good for me in these various needs.  We all have needs – be that finances, emotional things, health, relationship areas, energy, wisdom, humility, etc.  I think that part of being human means that we are designed to have needs.

Here’s what I feel like God has been speaking to me about on the topic of the various needs in our lives:  needs are nothing more than God’s invitation to take a journey with Him to explore His provisions in all their different facets.  I’ve been thinking about this in relation to Abraham in Gen 22, when God told him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.  Abraham took a multi-day journey in obedience to God’s direction, regardless of whether he understood God’s directive or not.  Furthermore, he had confidence in God’s ability, provision & direction, as we can see in how he replied to Isaac’s question about the sacrifice (God will provide a sacrifice).  Here are a few quick take aways that God is showing me from this chapter:

  • deficiency is often God’s test to show us what’s in our hearts – Gen 22:1
  • the journey to God’s provision requires our obedience – sometimes we have to get moving even if we dread where it seems like we might be going
  • keeping our eyes on God will help us to keep moving regardless of how we feel
  • God’s provisions are uniquely timed to meet the exact time of our need & often not before, even though this can make us super jittery