Some days, the Lord gives us a verse in advance, because He knows that a little turbulence is headed our way. In my case, he sent a sermon at church, this verse from Isaiah 41, and a timely podcast message!
I must admit that I was a little disappointed (if you read my post from yesterday, you’ll know that I was waiting for further guidance on a specific situation. Suffice it to say, the Lord closed the door, locked it, and welded it shut! The message could not have been clearer, even had He written it in the sky).
But “clear” and “easy” are not the same thing. The question before me is this (and such was the issue raised at church, too): Will I trust God when He abruptly shuts a door, or waste precious time trying to pry it open?
I must admit to being a little stunned, as I processed the immediacy and decisiveness of His reply, but I had prayed that the Lord would make His will known on the matter, and He did.
Clear? Yes. Easy? No. But I’ll get there! In the meantime, verses like these from Isaiah 41 are spiritual lifelines to me. With promises like these to cling to, who needs – or even wants – a locked door?
As I told someone earlier in the day, I’d rather walk through a door that the Lord has created – and opened – just for me, rather than trying to force my way in to a door that He has clearly closed and locked. Put another way, I only want what God desires for me. He and I may have a difference of opinion on such matters from time to time, but I know He is always right.
In fact, by the end of the day, my thinking on the whole situation had shifted. I now see a potentially bigger (yet different) door that is nearby – in fact, much more substantial than the one I had been pondering only a day ago. I wonder…?
Only time will tell. In the interim, one thing is clear: God is with me, so therefore, why should I be afraid?