Open doors are wonderful, exciting and strategic. Yes! Strategic. Open doors can be both a wonderful, new, and exciting promotion and it can also be the
unexpected school of hard knocks. So, here you are, doing life and working hard when suddenly you’re presented with an open door. Questions begin to swirl. Your first one should be: Is this open door from God? Maybe there is more money, more prestige, more opportunities. Maybe it is everything you’ve been dreaming of. Should you jump at the chance? Should you stay or should you go? Is this God? That should be your main question.
How do you know? First, God would not send you into the lion’s den. Would this job be contradictory to your Christian beliefs (I am not talking about not someone else’s beliefs, but your beliefs based on your relationship with Jesus)? If the answer is yes. Stop. Go no further. This is not from God. If the answer is no, move to step two. Second, have you received confirmation. Confirmation from God during prayer and study. Do you feel His confidence of the possible inside the opportunity? If you do, then you should also receive confirmation from another source. A mentor, a friend, something or someone that God brings with the confirmation. It will be an obvious confirmation not a blurry, sideways, if I try hard and squint my eyes I might see a confirmation. That is not how God works. He is clear and will well light your path. Thirdly, ask yourself if you will depend on God to see you through? God would never send you into a place that would alienate you from Him or cause you to spend less time with Him.
WaHoo! You’ve answered 1-3 with positive results and you’re ready to step through the door. Yay! You are certain, you are confident, you’re assured that you know that you know that this open door is from God. You step in and then everything that could go wrong goes wrong? You believed that God had opened a door only to find yourself stumbling over obstacle after obstacle. Every time you turn around there is another crisis that needs to be solved. One stumbling block after another. One boulder after another blocking your path. Sometimes, the obstacles are so overwhelming that you begin to question your own decision, the belief and confidence you knew when God said move into the open door. You end up wishing for the boring, uninspiring life you had before the new door opened.
During difficult times it is the confidence and certainty you felt at the time God led you down this path and through that door that you should depend on; remember that you knew, that you knew, this open door was for you. Speculation about your decision to walk into the open-door only deters your sense of balance and purpose. Remember the open door was there for a reason. If you find yourself saying “I don’t think I can do this without God” or “I can do this, but only if God helps me” or “there is no way this is going to work, but with God all things are possible” Then you are leaning in the right direction. Lean into God and He will hold you upright and keep you on the intended path.
I believe, when it is all said and done, you will find that it was during these difficult times that you learned more, motivated more, challenged more, and discovered more than at any other time. This type of more can be difficult and demanding; but it will also be so much MORE valuable than you ever dreamed possible.
Something God told me once was:
“These struggles are not stumbling blocks; they are stepping stones.”
Take all the obstacles and make a wonderful path that leads to everything that is possible in God’s plan.
Deuteronomy 5:33 NLT
“Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.”
Psalm 119:105 NLT
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”