Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOD'S TIMING AND OPEN DOORS

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 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” Revelation 3:8



God opens doors in our lives for various reasons. There can be doors of opportunities and doors that lead us from one season to another. If we are obedient and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we begin to develop clarity to find these open doors and the courage to explore them.    I believe God is in the process of revealing so much more to all of us. We will find behind our doors, talents we didn't know we had, healing we thought would never happen, restoration of relationships we saw as lost causes, and a manifestation of joy that we, in the natural, could never imagine.
When God provides us with doors of opportunity He has a specific purpose in mind for us, and if you ever need to remind yourself of just what that is remember this statement and scripture.  When you are blessed it is also meant for you to bless others. Luke 12:48 tells us; “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”  “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” ECC 3:1. When the writer of Ecclesiastes said that there was an “appointed time” for everything, we can take this as referring to the divine timing of God. 



Has God ever closed the door on an opportunity in your life? Maybe you don’t get the job you were hoping for, or a relationship doesn’t pan out the way you wanted. When Christians run into frustrations or obstacles, we often interpret those difficulties as a sign from God that this isn’t His will for us.  That may indeed be the case, but sometimes that is not true.  Be sure that it is an open door that you are not walking through due to fear, lack of faith, or because you just want more information before you will open it. Don’t miss your blessing waiting, when you should be walking through the door. 


Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams. – T. D. Jakes



ALL IN GOD'S TIMING


Scripture is full of  examples of those who found open doors at points when many would have concluded they were bolted shut. As we read through the Bible, we find numerous instances where individuals reached important horizons late in life, or after repeated tries, or in spite of extreme obstacles. Sarah conceives a child when both she and Abraham are elderly, and a number of years later Abraham remarries after Sarah dies. Isaac servants dig a well successfully after two major thwarted attempts. Joseph realizes his dream of leadership after years of servitude and imprisonment.   Moses becomes a champion of his people forty years after his first passionate attempt utterly fails. David becomes king of Israel in spite of severe ridicule from his brothers, apathy from his father, and numerous battles with Saul forces. Hannah gives birth to many children long after her husband has accepted her barrenness and encouraged her to do the same. Ruth finds joy in a new marriage after her first husband dies; and Naomi, bereft of her husband and both sons, finds unexpected solace in a grandchild born to Ruth. Zechariah and Elizabeth are blessed with a child in their old age, and the angel declares that this gift is in response to their longstanding prayer.  So you see it is not too late, so get ready to walk through your open doors. God's timing is perfect.


Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this reminder, Yolanda, to look for God's timing. Since Christian poets & writers often have to wait, your post will encourage other members of our Facebook group, so I just highlighted this on the Christian Poets & Writers blog - http://christianpoetsandwriters.blogspot.com. God bless.

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