When I read the message of this photo from Our Daily Bread FB page, I nodded with approval. Indeed, in His omniscient power, our Lord God knows what is best for us.
Surprisingly, when I re-shared the photo on my Facebook wall, 30 friends clicked “Like,” and three people re-shared it in just a few minutes. Now, these statistics are just on one Facebook wall.
As posted on the “Our Daily Bread” Facebook page, the original photo garnered 1,606 “Likes” and 956 shares while writing this blog post.
There are two possible reasons the “GOD NEVER SHUTS ONE DOOR WITHOUT OPENING ANOTHER” quotation etched on a key head would generate such interest.
First, many people who believe in Divine Providence testify that it is true.
Second, many who believe in the All-Knowing, All-Loving God pray they will find God’s open door and experience His Providence.
The experience of Paul and Silas, as narrated in Acts 16, proves that the Lord God has a way of closing and opening better opportunities to His faithful people.
Acts 16:6-10 narrate that God never shuts one door without opening another.
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
When it seems that our lives aren’t going the way we expected, let the life of Job encourage us to continue to believe and wait for God’s direction.
Remember how Job’s friend encouraged him to despise God after destroying all his riches and family? Job refused and instead argued,
“You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10)
Read the rest of Job’s story, and you will know how God restored and rewarded him for his faith.
I smiled when I read this quote from Alexander Graham Bell
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Let us acknowledge that there may be doors that will close for us, but the Lord God Almighty opens other doors.
Your faith in God’s Providence will lead you there.