And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
The door which God closes, nobody can open. The door which God opens, nobody can close it. God doesn’t close one door without opening another. We human beings try to open doors by our own efforts. In this passage of Scripture we see the sovereignty of God. We must fully trust God. We cannot force God to do certain things for us at any cost.
When God does not open the door, we try to open the door with our own schemes, our strength, strategies, and methodology. Sometimes we knock at the door so hard that when it does not open we try to break down the door.
Here we see the picture of trusting in God. We have to trust in Him and ask Him to open a certain door for us. If it pleases Him and if it is in His divine will, He will certainly open the door. If it is not in His divine and sovereign will, He will not open it. We cannot force Him to act for us; we cannot dictate to Him. We must accept His divine and perfect will and rejoice in Him.
When we do not accept His will, then we must face serious consequences. We have to be ready to face them.
We must learn to relax and lean upon Him and we must understand that He knows and does the best for us. Whatever He does, we must accept it. Even Jesus in Gethsemane said, Father! Not my will but thy will be done; Saying,
“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”
A servant of God shared with me his very personal experience:
“In 1980 I was working among the Afghan
refugees with an American based Christian organization. After a while in that place, I was removed from my office with allegations of embezzlement. I had a key position, and was a leader in the organization.
“When I was out of the organization, it was very difficult time for me and my family. I had three children in school. People would ask me many humiliating questions. Why was I removed? People had many negative notions against me but in deep down in my heart I knew that I was right and the head of the organization was the real cause of the problem.
“I wept and accepted the situation. Some people advised me to go to court, but I was restrained. And though I was very much disappointed and discouraged, I had a promise from the Lord, deep down in my heart. The door which God closes nobody can open and the door which God opens nobody can close.
‘I stayed firm to this promise. After few months God opened a new and wonderful door for ministry. When we depend upon God, He does the best for us.”
So let us remember not to interfere or intervene in the ways of God. Let Him do whatever He wants to do. If you create a hindrance in the plan of God, He has other ways to remove you from the way. He can use another person to fulfill His plan.
God knows what is best for us; He does the best for us. We have to wait and see what God has stored up for us as His children. He is our loving heavenly Father. May our dear Lord help us to fully depend upon Him, wait upon Him for the best, and accept His decisions for our lives with obedience and gratitude.