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Daily Reading: Amos 7:1-9:15 ESV, Revelation 3:7-22 ESV, Psalm 131:1-3 ESV, Proverbs 29:23 ESV

Daily Verse: “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8 ESV)

ANOIGO (455): “Is used of a door or gate, to open.”[1]

Open door.

In life, we face many decisions.  Forks in the road can cause anxiety and despair as we agonize over which way we should go.  You can pray a simple prayer to God that will help guide your paths.

“Lord, open the doors you want me to walk through; close the ones you don’t.”

Ask for God’s help in making the decision.  When the Lord closes a door, don’t try to go through it; instead, look for the open door and head in that direction.

During my college years, I landed on academic probation.  Working full time, commuting an hour back and forth to school, and maintaining a social life took its tool.  As a result, I ended up in front of the academic board for review.

Closed door.

As I sat before the panel of eight professors, pleading my case, I received little sympathy.  They decided for me to re-enter their institution, I would have to attend guidance counseling once a week, never miss a class, and meet a few other requirements.

I knew I couldn’t meet their requirements.  My already heavy schedule became impossible for any human to maintain.  Looking them in the eye, I said, “Thanks, but no thanks.  You’re asking the impossible.”

Walking to my car, I knew that the door had closed, but God opened another.  When I got home, I called my brother in VA and told him he had a new roommate.  Two days later, I left PA, moved in with my sibling, and started work the following day, waiting tables, saving money to re-enter a new school in the spring, one I graduated from two years later.

Life’s journey comes with many decisions, but when we ask God for guidance, He will show us the way.  Ask God to open the doors He wants you to go through and close the ones He doesn’t.  Enjoy the ride because God takes the route you don’t think He will.  And trust me, following God’s plan will take you on the adventure of your life.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 28) Thomas Nelson

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