This quote is tough to hear when the door you thought should be opened for you has just been slammed in your face. It’s also tough to hear things like “His ways are not our ways” but it’s true. His ways are not our ways, they are higher and they are better. He knows what we need and He will not withhold any good thing from us.
Those aren’t just quotes to make you feel better, they are scripture. They are promises. All things work together for our good! That doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us will be good, but it will work for our good! My dad uses the example of a cake to prove this point. The ingredients that go into a chocolate cake (flour, sugar, vanilla, coco powder, etc) alone are not very tasty. But once these ingredients have been mixed together and placed in the oven (gone through the fire) the final product is to die for... especially if it’s my Mom’s Granny Davis Chocolate Cake. The ingredients, though they aren’t very good on their own, when mixed together and cooked, make a masterpiece. Everything you go through may not be easy, but it will be worth it. Don’t question God just because you can’t see or understand what He is doing.
When He shuts a door in your life, praise Him. He didn’t shut it to hurt you or punish you. He shuts doors in our life to protect us or because He has something better for us.
I recently experienced this in my own life. At the end of my sophomore spring semester I decided to run again for SGA (Student Government Association), only this time I ran for a position with only one spot open believing I would be the only one going for it. My heart sank when I opened the ballot and saw two names under my wanted position. I campaigned hard and eagerly awaited the results. My spirits were crushed when I received the “Try again next year” email. Honestly I had wrapped my college value in that association. I lived in defeat for the next couple of days. I didn’t understand why God would shut that door. I didn’t believe He could give me something better than that.
But boy was I wrong. While visiting Kentucky, a newly elected SGA executive board member called me and asked me to interview for an executive board position. I was still skeptical that I would even get the position but my mom gave me hope with these words, “I just felt like when you didn’t get the last position, it was because God had something greater for you... and I think this is it.” The day of the interview came and I was as nervous as I have ever been (which was odd considering I love interviews). Even after the interview I was skeptical but hopeful about the results. After a Wednesday night service, I was reading a goodbye speech for Derek’s last service at Plainview, when suddenly I received a group me notification congratulating me on being selected as Secretary of Community Outreach for SGA.
LOOK AT GOD. God closed what I thought was the best and only door in my life, and opened up a GREATER one. He took an elected, volunteer SGA position from me and gave me an executive, paid SGA position. Trust that whatever door God shut in your life, He did so because He has GREATER for you.