Friday Reflection

29 May 2020

I heard a story on the radio on my way to Northampton the other day.
A young girl was being bullied at school.
On one occasion she was last to the bus and one of the boys called out, 'Close the door before you get on.'
'Before you get on'? That sounded wrong.
I didn't hear the end of the story as I'd arrived at my destination but it got me thinking, how many doors do we shut between us and God?

Feeling not good enough for God to be bothered with - Bang!
too busy with our own lives - bang!
Let down by someone in the church - bang!
We can manage for ourselves - bang!
How often do people close the door of opportunity rather than open it to a new experience?

A door represents either access or denial, depending on whether it is open or closed.
Doors figure heavily in the Bible.
The word "door" appears in the Bible, in one form or the other, 263 times (so I've been informed, I haven't counted them!)
We are all familiar with doors and how they operate in the physical realm.
It seems clear to me that doors have something to teach us in the spiritual realm as well.
Below is a small sample of what the Bible has to say about doors.
John 10:9 (NKJV) Jesus said

'I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.'

- Jesus is offering salvation, the way to a new life with God.
Rev. 3:20 (NIV)

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

- Jesus promises to be with us if we will open the door to him.
If you look at Willian Holman Hunt's famous picture
'The Light of the World' you will see there is no handle on the outside of the door.
Jesus knocks on the door of our lives, he will not intrude but waits for us to invite him in.
Matt. 7:7-8(NIV)

7Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

- Blessings are there for all who ask in faith, but we have to be open to receive them.
Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

- When a door opens we see inside, what comes from our mouths reveals what is happening inside.

Oh, how much I need to pay heed to this verse, this is one door I should shut more often.
Psalm 84:10 tells us that the Psalmist would

'rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.'

This verse speaks of service. A doorkeeper's job was an important and demanding one.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians,

“a great door for effective work has opened to me.” (1 Cor. 16:9);

Jesus said to the church of Philadelphia,

“I have placed before you an open door, which no one can shut” (Rev. 3:8)

In both situations the door is wide open for them to move forward in the work of Christ.

But what about when the door isn't open?
What about when it seems like the door is closed?
It's hard to accept, especially if we are so sure it is the way we are supposed to be going.
But we need to understand that when a door closes - it is generally because a much better one is going to open;
it is done to direct our lives on paths we may have not explored otherwise!

As I look back over my life I see it has happened for me again and again.
We can use those closed doors for our benefit, and allow them to build our character
- to refine us for the plans that God has ahead for us.

What kind of doors are you looking at today?
The Lord is behind the doors of our life. We have the choice to open and step through them or walk away from them.
I am glad I know the Doorkeeper, and that He is in control!
How about you?