I have been dealing with a disappointment today. I keep the following passage handy to remind me not to get discouraged. Maybe it will work for you also.


OPENED AND CLOSED DOORS

We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as much as we do for open doors. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us.

If he didn't close the wrong door we would never find our way to the right door. Even when we don't realize it, God directs our paths through the closing and opening of doors. When one door closes, it forces us to change our course. Another door closes; it forces us to change our course yet again.

Then finally, we find the open door and walk right into our blessing. But instead of praising God for the closed door (which kept us out of trouble), we get upset because we “judge by the appearances.” And in our own arrogance, or ignorance, we insist that we know what is right. We have a very present help in the time of need who is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of us, He can see trouble down the road and HE sets up roadblocks and detours accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour signs. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying “Lord how could this happen to me?”

We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing. Didn't He say that “No good thing will He withhold from them that love Him?” If you get terminated from your job - don't be down, instead thank God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves - it might be a better job, or an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman won't return your call - it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time a person had a bank he had been doing business with for many years tell him “NO” for a $10,000 loan. The Lord led him to call another bank. That bank approved a $40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate than his own bank had advertised.
I'm so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to me, just to open them in the most unexpected places. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” (Psalms 37:23)

The mountaintop is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow! Always Remember God gives you...

Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression, and
Enough Determination to make each day a better day than the last.

Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards. Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

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kbro18
Jun. 4, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Wow that is powerful. Thank you and may you be a blessing to others as well. God Bless Karen

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Beaut...
Jun. 4, 2007 at 10:05 PM

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sweet...
Jun. 4, 2007 at 10:42 PM

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richm...
Jun. 4, 2007 at 11:19 PM Thank you i really needed to be reminded of those same words....

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1chee...
Jun. 5, 2007 at 12:24 PM Thank God for closed doors!

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BestG...
Aug. 12, 2007 at 11:03 PM This is something to live by!

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ameri...
Oct. 9, 2007 at 7:49 PM Thanks Max, this was a perfect thing to read on a perfect day.  I'll share it with some other friends who will appreciate.  You ever thought about your newspaper column.  Dear Max...

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