Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

God opens doors. That is His work. God wrote to the church in Philadelphia and said that very thing. “See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it…” (Revelation 3:8) The Apostle Paul experienced this in his own life and he told the Corinthians about it, “For a great and effective door has opened to me…” (I Corinthians 16:9) “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord…” (II Corinthians 2:12)

There was some clarity in these opened doors. The church in Philadelphia knew that the Lord had opened their door. Whether they knew the details of the door, we are not told. Paul seems to have been much clearer in his understanding of the open door before him. It seems that he knew what it was and what he was supposed to do.

However, the open doors in front of us seem most of the time not to be that clear. We have faith that God is in the door opening business. But, it is not always really clear. It seems to be a bit foggy leaving us to wonder how we are supposed to respond.

We all seem to find greater clarity to the open doors when we look backward through the doors we have entered. Things seem much clearer when we can see the woven pattern of the doors behind us. We struggle with these concepts. Is this a door or are these doors that God has opened? How can I be sure what my response is supposed to be? What is God encouraging me to do? Is there anyone who can tell me what to do!!?

We all struggle with these questions. But, there are two things that I know to be true. We should pray for open doors (Colossians 4:3). We should look behind any doors that we attribute to God’s opening.