Who Can It Be Now?
I mean, yeah, there are times when God closes a door on us for own good. But what about when we hear His voice and let someone else close the door on us? What should we do then?
I’m writing this totally on the fly and the first story that comes to mind is that of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. Joshua is one of the members of the “Hall of Faith” because it would take a huge amount of it to go against a superior army without weapons and by just walking around the city walls for six days and then blowing trumpets on the seventh to win the day.
But Joshua fought the ideals of the conventional warfare of the day and his own thoughts and trusted God. Much like our Pastor Grady Jones said a few weeks back, Joshua had to have taken any thoughts contrary to the word of God captive and decided that he was going to do it God’s way.
In the summer of 1999 I was in quite a predicament. My family and I were living in Redlands, Calif. where I had lost my job ion May due to budget cuts at California Baptist University. I had applied for a position as a sports editor at a paper in Anderson, Indiana and was hoping I’d at least get a phone interview. I finally did and then to my surprise they asked me to fly out for a final interview. Evidently it was down to me and one other candidate.
The interview went great and when I got on the plane to come home, I knew God was giving me that job. A week later I got the call from the managing editor informing me that had chosen the other guy. I said thank you and we hung up.
I was devastated. To that point in my life I had never felt more certain that I had heard God’s voice distinctly telling me something. I could feel it in my very soul and here I was standing on the outside looking in. I decided in that moment that I must have been mistaken and tried to move on from it, but every time I settle down to pray the words kept coming back, “That job is yours.”
Two weeks later the managing editor called me back and asked if I wanted the job. I said yes and asked what happened. He was reluctant to tell me, but finally did. He said that the gentleman they had hired showed up on a Monday and filled out all of the requisite paperwork. But when he came in the next day, he said that he really felt God was leading him to do ministry work in his off hours and that he had to do it in another place. He quit and left and then they called me.
As I hung up the phone I remembered God continually telling me, “That job is yours” and I remember how foolish I felt for not having trusted God all the way.
When doors close in front of us, as Christians we need to examine our calling and ask God, “What’s up?” It may not be that He doesn’t want us going a certain direction, it just may be that He wants to test us to see where we are in our faith and remind us of who He is.
Many times when one door closes another one opens. But when another doesn’t seem to be available, it’s probably a good idea to check the knob on the one we just came out of.