Step through God’s Open Door
"Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord." (Psalm 107:43)
As I look back on my life, there are any number of times when God has opened doors, or shut them for that matter. On the one hand, my life has been blessed. Yet, I would not describe my life as easy. Even the most difficult struggles in my life seem, in hindsight, were directed for a future opportunity.
The people of Israel are described by the psalmist in a similar way. The psalmist provides four different illustrations that apply to struggles the people of Israel overcame through God's intervention. The foolish believed they made their own successes and failures. The wise understand and accept that God is the one who opens and closes doors, guiding our lives.
God's steadfast love is the motivating factor in God's ongoing care. We do not have the power or the wisdom to lead our own lives. It is only in our weakness that we have the ability to do great things. When we are weak and humble enough to acknowledge our own insufficiency, only then are we able to receive the call that God has for our lives.
Throughout the centuries, the people of Israel should have been assimilated or destroyed over-and-over again. Yet, because Israel is the chosen people, God continues to work all things for good. In our lives, God is working all things for good, if we will only give up control and listen to God for guidance.
Today, stop trying to control situations, for at least today. Pray for God to guide you in decisions that need to be made. If a decision feels too forced, often it is not what God intends. Learning to invite God into your decision-making takes practice and discipline. Pray for God's still small voice to speak to your heart and mind, and for you to recognize the divine rationale and steadfast love in God's voice. Finally, reflect on how God has guided you through life. Rejoice, for God continues to love you and guide you.