Lesson 107: Not Forcing the Issue- When God Closes the Door On A Ministry You Wanted to Start

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

-Romans 8:28

 

In this post, we will cover the issue of accepting God’s answer when He closes the door on something you started or wanted to start. So many times, we do things thinking that its the best idea going and that there’s no doubt that this is what you’re supposed to be doing. This is our attitude sometimes when God doesn’t give us the answer we want for a prayer request. This is where faith comes in. We have to trust that God knows what he’s doing, and that He has our best in mind.

 

Point #1:

God knows us in and out. He knows the future. He knows everything. And part of placing our faith in Christ is that we have to trust that He knows what He’s doing. We have to accept what he lays before us, and sometimes, it’s not easy. And sometimes, we can be so stubborn that He allows us to go through whatever it is we push the issue on. When this has happened to me, it has never failed that God’s plan was better and I realized that by ignoring His wisdom, I open myself up to the negative consequences that God was trying to protect me from.

Since God knows the future, He also knows what opportunities will be coming up for you. This is key, because if you stick with what you commit to (which is Biblical), then you won’t be available for other things that God might want you to do. God always has our best in mind. We have to keep that in the back of our heads.

My parents often use the phrase “Good, Better, Best.” This is a “rating tool” in a way that helps us to analyze how beneficial the things that we do are. The following example is completely unrelated, but bear with me. For example, doing our regular chores without being told might fall under “Better.” But taking the initiative on other tasks that need to be done and completing those without being asked would fall under “Best.” You see, so often we have our own little view of what is “Best” for us. We cannot see all the things down the road, and as a result, our finite minds cannot really make a decision with all of the facts. God has all the facts, current and future. Often, our view of ” Best” might fall under His view of “Good.” And so, since He has other things in store for you, He might close that door so that you can experience His “Best.” That’s what His desire for all of us is.

 

Example:

About a year ago, Wyatt, Collin, and I were going to start a small film making project. We were all on board. Unfortunately (through our eyes), it seems God closed the door on that for a time until we were better prepared. Eventually, Collin and I took it up again and produced our short film (you can see it at c02pictures.com).

 

Challenge:

This one is harder: spend time and prayer and evaluate where you are, what you are doing, and if you are where you need to be in order to receive God’s best.

 

I know this was a really short post for this series. However, I think that trust in God is the whole point. Check back next Wednesday for the series finale for this posting series. Hope you all have a great week!

 

In Christ,

Christopher

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