Have you ever prayed for God to handle a situation for you? When you start making plans, does the door suddenly slam shut? Maybe it was a relocation to an unknown city, not getting that promotion you had been wanting for so long, or maybe a relationship that ended or didn’t even start. Whatever the situation, you felt confused and disappointed. Why did God not grant your prayers like a genie in a bottle?
Well, God doesn’t work like a genie. Hebrews 11:6 says, “He is a rewarder of those that seek after Him.” It doesn’t say, “He grants wishes to everyone who asks for them.” God is the ultimate provider, but He provides in HIS timing, NOT ours. We must be seeking HIM first.
The resounding thud of the closing door knocks you over, sometimes leaving you dazed and confused, especially when it’s something you had been praying about for a long time. It may even make you second guess yourself and question God. Did you do something wrong? Did you misunderstand His voice that much? Were you even listening?
God closed a door for me, but He still proves to be the God of the universe and ultimate provider of all things. My door recently closed on the job He gave me back in March, yet He was good to show me what I had been missing.
I lacked passion. After driving in horrendous almost two-hour traffic on my route home, I would often walk in my front door, change into my PJs, have dinner and go to bed. My relationships suffered. My passion for seeking God first was no longer a top priority. I had allowed my focus to be shifted. I felt lukewarm.
But why would God give me an opportunity and then take it away? Why does He let His people suffer a job loss, a death in the family, or learning of a incurable disease? Maybe you’re still waiting for that job, that promotion, or even prince charming?
God often closes doors in order for us to learn His timing. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” It’s not a matter of fulfilling OUR hopes, plans and desires, but for God to move in our lives and to bring about HIS will. Our temporal satisfaction is not a factor. Instead of expecting Him to grant our wishes, we need to humbly accept that God has the authority to say no, even if it hurts.
Trust Him in your waiting for your door to open. Focus on how He has been faithful to you for allowing things to work in His perfect timing. Maybe you need to reevaluate some things in your life like I was able to see how lukewarm I had become. Rely on His infinite wisdom, wait for His clear direction, and listen. God will provide for you, but you need to trust that He will provide them for you in HIS timing, not yours.