….these are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (Rev. 3:7 NIV)
7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [the door] will be opened. (Matt. 7-8 Amplified)
Such hope in these verses and the promises from God that:
- He will hear our prayers and answer!
- He will make open the door to possibilities no one can stop!
And yet, we must also read the remainder of Revelation 3:7. In addition to opening doors for us that no one can shut, He will also shut doors so that they cannot be opened.
He explains His way further in Matt. 7:9-11. These verses directly follow His promise that if we ask and keep on asking the door will be opened for us.
9 Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?
11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Hiim! (Matt. 7:9-11 Amplified)
We all know how children can ask and ask and ask for something we know isn’t best for them. But given their as-yet limited comprehension, they are not to be deterred from their asking. They are adamant that they want what they want, and sometimes not to be consoled in the moment. And yet, with the passage of time, in many cases they come to see that what they had asked for was not as good for them as what they eventually received. In other words, they thought they were asking for a loaf of bread, but without knowing were actually asking for a stone…
This is the way it can be between God and us. God is the perfect parent. He knows the plans He has for us, which are to prosper us and not to harm us – to give us a hope and a future. His ways are not ours because He is God and we are not. In fact, as high as the heavens are above the earth, that is how much higher and better His ways are than ours.
Therefore there will be times when we ask and it seems He is not answering. There will be times when we seemingly are begging Him to open a door so we can go through and yet it is as if we are banging our heads against an immoveable wall. When we have asked and asked, when we have done what we can do and He has not sovereignly moved to answer our prayer with His possibility, we have to remember that out of love for us, He will also close doors so that they cannot be opened.
What He knows is not in our best interest and the best interest of others involved from an eternal perspective, He will not give to us. He will answer our prayer (because this is His promise), but He will do so in another way. He will not give us the stone we think we want, but will withhold it until it is His timing to provide the bread He knows we need. He will not open a door which He knows is not the best for us to go through (or when it is not yet time), but will lock that door and open only the one which He knows is His plan for us.
We are so blessed to be His children, who He loves so much, that He “childproofs” the doors He knows are not right for us! The next time, we feel like nothing is going our way even though we have prayed and worked – we must pause and look for another way. God may have locked the door, so that we have to consider another, which He already knows will be better according to His perfect plan for us all.
Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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