Acts 16:5-10

I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Revelation 3:8

You have heard the cliché, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” However, many times this does not hold true. God may close a door to something we desire greatly because He has something better in mind. And His best is much greater than an open window.

Still, when you confront a closed door, the natural response is to ask, “Why, Lord?” Yet in Acts 16 when God closed a door of ministry, the apostle Paul never questioned God’s reasoning or timing. He might have wondered what was happening, but he never expressed anything but total trust in God’s wisdom (Acts 16:7-8). Paul and his party of missionaries responded in obedience to Christ.

When you confront a closed door, turn to the Lord, and ask for His guidance and blessing. No matter how difficult it seems, surrender your personal desires concerning the entire matter.

God had a plan in mind for Paul’s ministry, but at that moment it did not include Bithynia. A few days later the spiritual door was opened for him to go into Macedonia, which was an even greater field of service.

God’s delays are often preludes to great blessing. His denials are sent for our protection, and the times He requires us to wait are moments He uses to build our faith. Be willing to wait for His timing in your life and ministry, and you will be be disappointed.

Teach me to wait, Lord. Your timing is always perfect!

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