When God Closes A Door

When I wake up on cold mornings I like to grab my Devon Rex and tuck him into bed with me. His name is Rango. If you’ve ever held a Devon you know how soft they are. They also have very warm cozy bodies and they love to cuddle. Rango’s the perfect way to wake up in the morning.

One thing Rango doesn’t like is closed doors.

I usually close the bedroom door to keep it quieter, and believe me, he notices! He hears sounds on the other side of the door and hates that it’s shut.

There’s two other things you need to know about Devon’s- First, they are extremely good at pounding closed doors. (My cat would be great in a drum corp. He’s got a very steady rhythm and he knows how to slam the door like a drum.) Second, Devon’s vocalize! He could lead an activist group. He knows how to protest and doesn’t need a bullhorn because he’s plenty loud just by himself.

You can probably see where I’m going with this. When it comes to God I’m not that much different than my cat. When God closes a door there’s not much I can do about it, but you may find me pounding my fists begging and screaming for Him to “Open that closed door please!”

I don’t like closed doors anymore than my cat does. I imagine myself on the other side of them taking part in all the activity that other people are involved in, just wishing it was me out there. I hate closed doors as much as the next guy, but I can tell you this-

God has probably blessed me more by the doors He’s shut than the ones He’s opened.

There have been many, many doors that I’ve begged God to open that have remained shut. When begging hasn’t worked I’ve tried to push them open or knock them down. I’m stubborn like that. But God doesn’t budge. Sometimes it feels like God’s acting just like me when I refuse to get up and open the door for my cat. God could just do it if He wanted to, but won’t.

“WHY NOT???”, I wonder with frustration.

Most of the time He doesn’t bother telling me.

I can honestly say though as I look back through the years that God isn’t just being some sleepy head who won’t bother to get out of bed to open the door for me. He has His reasons for shutting doors. Hindsight is 20/20 and as I look back on my life there’s many occasions where all I can say is, “Thank you God for shutting that door!” Sure, I didn’t feel like that at the time. Some of those closed doors were standing in the way of what I wanted the most! I begged God to open them, but He refused. I thank Him now that He didn’t grant my requests because those closed doors kept me from what I otherwise would have done. Closed doors are one of God’s most effective tools to keep me safely in His will for that reason.

Did I mention closing doors is something God is really good at?

“What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.” – Revelation 3:7

This is an awesome verse because it tells me if God really wants to open a door for me nothing can ultimately stop it. As His child, that should help bring clarity to many situations. I don’t need to be busting down doors in my own self will. I don’t need to be pounding my fists at life! It doesn’t mean that I don’t need to put in effort, but it does mean I need to know when to let go and let God do His thing. We are told to pray persistently and to keep knocking at God’s door in Luke 11:5-13, so there is that. We need to keep asking, seeking, knocking. But there is also such a thing as being bull headed and not realizing that maybe, just maybe, God has closed that door for a good reason and He just wants you to trust His love for you and stop being so self willed.

The children of Israel learned this lesson the hard way.

God had been leading His people through the desert and had already done some amazing things for them, but after awhile it all seemed to be taking so long and life started to take on a monotonous drudgery. The food was boring, the sun was hot, and they were getting sick of seeing sand!

“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” -Psalm 106:13

They liked the God that opened the door for them in the first place, the God who rescued them from the tyranny of Pharaoh, but the desert they had to travel through was beginning to look like one big closed door! God had a plan, but as the Psalm says, they “did not wait for His plan to unfold”.

They complained loud enough and long enough to get what they wanted from God, but it ended up costing them dearly. Their prayer was granted at their own expense and loss.

“God granted them their request, but sent leanness into their lives.” -Psalm 106:15