Door Busters

Published on Jan 13th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Door Busters

Door Busters

When I was younger I had a few friends who considered themselves Door Busters.  They were tired of believers who were only motivated to do nothing (yes, it takes motivation to do nothing) and excused their laziness by saying that every obstacle was a closed door by God.  It kept them from moving forward.  My friends, in their youthful enthusiasm, admitted that ministry can be difficult but you must bust down doors in order to move forward for the Kingdom of God.  Even now I agree more with my friends than I do with those who are looking for excuses to not work for the Kingdom (by the way if you’re looking for a sure fire excuse to not work for the kingdom…use your family.  Who can argue with that?). Ministry is hard and often what we perceive to be a closed door is nothing more than the normal obstacles that are thrown in our path to make ministry hard.  But as I have gotten older I have realized that if God has truly closed a door then we have no hope of opening that door.  I am so grateful for that.  There have been several times when I mistook a closed door for an obstacle and have ran full speed ahead,  ready to bust through the obstacle.  What I found was a closed door and a sore shoulder.  Every time I look back on that experience I see the wisdom in that closed door and thank God that I was unable to break it down.

Aren’t you glad that God is in control?  Isn’t that one of his greatest gifts to us?  Can you imagine if we really were able to do all that we wanted to do?  What a mess our lives would be.  Proverbs 16 has some great verses that speak about our God being in control.  “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer from the tongue belongs to the Lord.” (Prov. 16:1)  We can plan all we want.  It is what belongs to us.  We are given the right to plan and to dream.  But in the end, only what fits God’s plan will be done.  One man said it this way, “Man proposes, God disposes.”  Listen to Prov. 16:3, “The LORD has made everything for its purposes, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”  That person at work who is making your life miserable.  They are fulfilling the purposes of God in your life.  No one touches our lives unless they are fulfilling the purposes of God in our lives.  Great comfort is found in that truth.  If you struggle with that truth then Prov. 16:5 may help, “Everyone who is arrogant in his heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.”  While that verse quells our demand for justice, verse 6 reminds us of the love we have been shown, “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.”  Did you ever stop to think about the truth that if God were not in control of all things that we would have been left in our sin and misery?  His ability and desire to change our hearts allows us to fear him and be reconciled to him.

As much as my flesh cries out to be in control, my new spirit is grateful to know that God is in control.  I find great peace and rest in the truth that I cannot knock down a door that he has closed.  Before we leave Prov. 16 let me share with you verse 2, “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.”  This verse is so very humbling.  I think and believe that I am ok in my own eyes but the LORD sees my motives and my real desires.  He knows that in myself I can do nothing that is not for my own benefit.  But he takes those efforts and changes them for his own glory.  He uses the Spirit and the Word to teach me his ways and he gives me a new heart that is turned toward him.  What a glorious work in my life he has done.  His control over my life is what has saved me and is changing me.  I may fight him for control but I am glad that I always lose.

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