Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekly Devotional : Closed Door Blessings

You try one door after another, yet no one responds to your résumé. No university accepts your application. No doctor has a solution for your illness. No buyers look at your house.

Obstacles pack your path. Road, barricaded. Doorway, padlocked. Do you know the frustration of a blocked door?

God uses closed doors to advance his cause.

He closed the womb of a young Sarah so he could display his power to the elderly one.

He shut the palace door on Moses the prince so he could open shackles through Moses the liberator.

He marched Daniel out of Jerusalem so he could use Daniel in Babylon.

And Jesus. Yes, even Jesus knew the challenge of a blocked door. When he requested a path that bypassed the cross, God said no. He said no to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane so he could say yes to us at the gates of heaven.

It’s not that our plans are bad but that God’s plans are better.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8–9 NLT)
Your blocked door doesn’t mean God doesn’t love you. Quite the opposite. It’s proof that he does.

God's Story, Your Story
This devotional is from Max Lucado's book "God's Story, Your Story"


Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Great devotional! Thank you so much! It is only in hindsight that we can see how God uses those closed doors for His purpose...

The wedding planner said...

really a blessing been having a hard time thnk u

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

wow...His timing is perfect through this post. I can't wait to share this with my husband who came home last night with news the his route had been dissolved. He is left wondering where this puts him at work. I wanted to be the quite, loving and listening wife, but even when I offered the words of comfort that God will show himself through this issue, I wondered if I really believe what I was saying. My faith was weak in that I knew the right words but I'm not sure how comforting those words were to my husband. However, during our coffee time this morning he and I discussed it further and he agreed that God would open another door for him. :)

D.E. said...

Yes this is true. Blessings to you. DE

Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

This is a wonderful devotional. Thank you for sharing!

Kathy said...

So very thought provoking. Wonderful message. Thank you.

Amber D. Mcnabb said...

I love this post! Thank you!

D.E. said...

Thanks for posting this! Blessings