When God refuses to open the door!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, June 28, 2019

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

I get frustrated when I knock on a door, and the Lord refuses to open it for me. Though I know it is God’s will that should prevail, in my humanity, I expect God to open the door when I knock according to Matthew 7:7. But then again, maybe I have been misinterpreting that Scripture. Perhaps my literal interpretation of this text needs an upgrade.

Earlier this week, the Lord made it clear to me he is the one who closed many of the doors on which I knocked. He explained to me that behind some of the doors on which I knocked are curses and not blessings. It is for my protection that he is not allowing those doors to be open. I have to trust that he knows the plans he has for me and wait for him to open the door that is in line with his divine will for my life.

I get it! Perhaps you may be reading this and think it is confusing. Why did Jesus say: “knock, and the door will be opened to you,” if there are conditions for that door to open? Jesus was talking metaphorically. He was not saying that every door will be opened when we knock. Can you imagine if that was so? That is not sustainable, practical, or helpful. As human beings, we cannot have everything we desire. After all, when Paul pleaded with God to remove the thorn on his flesh three times, God said no (2 Corinthians 12:9).

What did Jesus mean? I now interpret this text to say that if we are persistent in our request, we will catch the attention of the Almighty, and he will open the door that he has purposed for us to go through. Some of us are merely knocking on someone else’s door. We want God to open the door to someone else’s house, or job, or financial blessings. When God refuses to open that door, we try to pry it open, or we try to sneak in through a broken window.

We cannot just knock on our neighbor’s door and expect him to give us their house. Even if we could, do we know if that is the right house for us? What if the foundation is sinking, the walls are moldy, the gas line is broken, and the house can explode while we are asleep. My point is that just because it glitters does not make it gold.

So then, we have to knock with wisdom. That is why the Lord gave us the Holy Spirit. We have to ask the Holy Spirit to help us knock on the right door. In hindsight, I am glad the Lord did not open many of the doors on which I knocked. I am alive today precisely because God did not open many of my coveted doors.

What about you? Are you frustrated because you have been knocking and God refuses to open that door? Maybe you are knocking on the wrong door. Have you asked the Holy Spirit if that is the right door for you to knock? Are you open to the Holy Spirit asking you to move to a different door?

If all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28), then it is for our good that God refuses to open some doors when we knock. All we can do is trust in the Lord with all heart and lean not unto our understanding (Proverbs 3:5). It is okay to ask God what door you should knock before you start knocking. For example, before we get frustrated for not getting a particular job, or buying a specific house or car, we should pray if those things are right for us.

In that same chapter in Matthew, Jesus says that God will not give us stone if we ask for bread. In truth, many of us are asking for stone when we really need bread. We are asking God to give us serpents when we really need fish. James says we do not receive because we ask with the wrong motives (James 4:3). God does not expect us to be precise in our knocking. However, he does expect us to trust and worship him when he refuses to open a door.

Prayer- Heavenly Father, give us the faith to trust and worship you even when you refuse to open our knocks.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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