Today's Devotional Thought
January 09, 2012 by Wendy Foreman
I know that today's verse is talking about God closing the door behind Noah once he, his family and the animals were on the ark, but when I read this verse recently, I began to think about the Lord closing doors in our lives.
When you look back over your life do you see a time when God closed a door behind you?
I would think that we all have had times in our lives when we were moving in one direction, whether it was in a career, a status in society, a friendship, perhaps even a ministry or involvement in a church, and God just came down and closed that door behind us and pointed us in a completely different direction.
What do you do when that happens?
We have all heard the statement, "When God closes a door he opens a window." I am not one who loves all those cliches. However, this one is so true.
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us "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." (NLT version) When we are facing a closed door that we don't understand and perhaps has left us questioning God and asking him why, stop and remind yourself of Isaiah 55:8-9. Gods ways are impossible for us to understand. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
These verses speak very clearly to 2 things; (1) it truly is impossible for us to try to figure God out. His thoughts and His ways are higher than ours so no matter how hard we try to understand or how frustrated we may become in the midst of a bad circumstance we must understand that HE IS GOD AND WE ARE NOT and (2) God has amazing plans for our lives. And even though at times those plans might seem painful and a little fuzzy to us we have to have faith in our God and know that His plans won't harm us but they will give us hope, a future and they will be GOOD!! Oh sweet friend, trust Him and have faith that what you are facing is a refining process to prepare you for the amazing journey God has for you.
A little something I have learned on this journey is that when God closes a door behind me, I need to hang on because He's got something a whole lot better in store for me. I may not see it right away, but God is faithful and He will open another door that when it swings open I am guaranteed to be surprised and thankful for what He has in store for me next.