Fear Not

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?

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15 thoughts on “Fear Not

    1. Amen! Yes, I’ve been learning that as well. It helps to take the sting away when the thing we wanted suddenly becomes out of our reach. And usually, in hindsight, we end up thanking the Lord for the closed door – in my experience, He usually shows us what was being the door some time later, and when we find out what it is, we’re filled with gratitude that He kept the door shut and locked! 🙂

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  1. I pray the Lord strengthens and encourages you! I have been praying regarding deliverance and healing for almost 7 years now. I also pray to be able to provide for my family. All I hear Him say in return is “I am with you, don’t be afraid or discouraged.” He says that to me because Celiac Disease and unemployment causes fear and discouragement. I appreciate your post! I need to keep trusting God to close and open doors as He sees fit. I know many times He has closed doors to protect me and my family, so may His will be done! God bless you sister!

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    1. Thank you, Ryan – this message was very encouraging to me, and I appreciate your prayers – I really do. I feel better about the situation now, and have a different perspective on it now. I took your words to heart – I do not want to get bogged down in discouragement, because such a state of mind is spiritual and emotional quicksand! No, it’s best to keep on moving and focusing on contentment.

      God bless you as well! Thanks again for your encouragement.

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  2. Lord bless you! It is only when we seek and find Him, when we search for Him as for treasure, when we hold Him closest to our hearts, that we know when He is moving in our lives – when He is closing or opening doors, when He is guiding us. And it is only then when we can fully trust to wait on Him, knowing He will provide and care for us.
    Such a good post. Thank you.

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    1. Thank YOU, Kathy! Your words are very reassuring – important remindes to bear in mind when things don’t turn out quite how we have expected. A closed door is always a reason to say “thank You and amen, Lord,” because He has shielded us from something (or someone) that we simply could not perceive at the time. God bless you!

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      1. Oh, I know the game show that you’re talking about, but I can’t think of the name! It was popular in the 80s, I think – I can see it with my minds eye, but cannot recall the name.

        But yes, His door is always best!

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