Have you heard the saying, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”

I assume that means that when an opportunity to closes, God sheds some light (like a window) on why He said no. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t always found that to be true.

After years of following Jesus, being married, raising kids, and planting a church, I’m learning to allow God to guide me, and be willing to follow by faith. That’s not nearly as clear-cut as we would often prefer it to be. Sometimes, a closed door and no open window just means you’re in the dark for a little while.

But here’s the good news: God guides us with NO just as much as He guides us with YES. Either answer gives clarity and direction. You walk through open doors and walk away from closed doors.

After all, Revelation 3 says that Jesus is the one who “opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one will open.” He’s the doorman. He knows which doors to open and close.

WARNING: Don’t try to kick down a door God has closed. You can try the door, but once you know God has shut it, accept it, and ask Him to lead you to the open door.

As Paul learned in Acts 16, “NO” meant “GO” bigger. Had Paul tried to kick down the closed door in Asia, he would’ve been in disobedience and he could’ve missed out on taking the Gospel to a new continent!

Ask God to lead your steps, then faithfully follow – even when He leads you down a path you didn’t plan to travel.

K E V I N • M I L L E R


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