When God Closes Doors...

Access-Denied

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Have you ever worked up the nerve to step out on faith, only to find yourself feeling and looking foolish when whatever it was that you were pursuing did not come to pass? You know, that time you finally started that business, stepped out into the dating scene, applied for that scholarship or graduate program, believed God for your healing, applied for that new job or promotion, or saved up for that new car or home, only to be faced with a big "Access Denied" sign, so it would seem. After all, Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart," and in John 14:14 Jesus tells us, "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." So why didn't God do what He said He would do?

The thing is, God isn't a genie, and faith isn't magic. God is not required to give us any and everything that we ask for just because we ask for it. Especially those things that He knows will only end up causing us pain in the long run. God is more concerned about our hearts and our characters, than anything else. A good parent is not going to give a 16 year old kid with no license or previous driving experience keys to a Lamborghini and send them out on the nearest highway just because they asked. Likewise, God may not satisfy all of our desires and needs the very first time we ask for them. However, delays don't always mean denial, and we have to trust that God knows what's best for us. I believe that God does give us the desires of our hearts, but He's going to make sure that we're prepared to manage whatever it is that we're asking Him for.

Also, sometimes what we think we want, is not the same as what God knows we need (which is always better!). So don't miss the element of protection that oftentimes comes in the form of rejection. You may not understand why you didn't get that job, why the loan fell through, or why that person walked out of your life, but remember that God has already gone before you. He knows where that path will lead you before you take the first step, and will do anything to protect you. So thank God for the closed doors, the "no's," the delays, etc. He has your best interest at heart, ALWAYS. Our thoughts and motives are not like His, and we have to fully trust Him. Remember, we have limited vision, God does not.

My challenge to you, is that even in the face of rejection, that you would continue to seek God, praise Him, ask Him, and trust Him. He will make sure that you are in the perfect condition to receive all of the great things that He has in store for you. You may encounter a few road blocks, you may have to jump a few hurdles, or dodge a couple of potholes along the way, but know that God is with you. As long as you keep moving in the same direction that He's leading you, everything will work out just fine. Meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6, and rest in Him!

God loves you!

Live free!

Arianne

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