In last week’s blog, we discussed dealing with those situations that we all face where we are evaluated and compared to others – the job interview, the scholarship application, the run for office or the audition. In all of these situations, we are working to achieve something that is important to us. We are knocking on doors, hoping that they will open so that we can walk through. Knocking on the doors of life means taking some risks. We don’t always know how it will turn out. And as much as we would love it if God would give us a clear, long-range view of the plans that He has for us, we know that He, instead, desires to lead us step by step as we walk, in faith, from one door to the next.
The doors of life are interesting and unpredictable.
There have been times in my life when I knocked on a door being absolutely certain that God would open it widely for me. I was stunned, confused and disappointed when God closed the door I was so certain I was supposed to walk through. Only through the passing of years did I come to understand that God kept that door closed for my own good.
There have also been times when, as an act of obedience, I knocked on a door with great hesitation and trepidation and saw God open that door quickly and widely. I was stunned and afraid to walk through the door that He had chosen to open for me. I felt unqualified and undeserving of the path before me. Only once I began walking through the door did I see how He had already been preparing and equipping me for the task He chose for me to do.
As we step out in faith and knock on the doors of life, we can be comforted and encouraged by the following verse:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Did you take a risk and go through the interview, application, or audition process only to find a closed door at the end of it all? Don’t be discouraged! You are God’s workmanship. You have been created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do. You can trust God to open and close doors as He directs you through His plan for your life. And it will be good! Keep walking forward with Him trusting that His plans for you will be accomplished as you cooperate with His methods and timing. Memorize Psalm 37:3-4, Isaiah 64:4 and Proverbs 3:5-6.
Did you take a risk and go through the interview, application or audition process and now you are standing before an open door shaking in your shoes? Do you feel unqualified or underequipped to walk through the door God has opened for you? Take heart! You are God’s workmanship. You have been created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do. You can be assured that He has been preparing the path before you and will lead you as you go forward. Memorize Philippians 4:13, Psalm 32:8 and Proverbs 3:5-6.
Will you trust in and accept God’s goodness as you, in faith, knock on the doors before you?
This post's author, Ginger Hill, is a certified wellness coach and speaker with over 15 years of experience in helping people adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. She is the founder of Christians Living Healthier – a business formed for the purpose of inspiring and assisting Christians to take steps toward healthier living through wellness coaching, education & program design so that the people of God can be good stewards in order to fulfill their calling effectively. For more information, please visit www.christianslivinghealthier.com.