Have you ever needed courage to walk through a door…the kind of door that you knew without a doubt God was opening just for you? Well, I have certainly walked through some doors over the years where I knew God was the only one who could have opened the door. I got so excited thinking about all the possibilities this “Open Door” could bring. However, I’m remembering how anxiousness tried to hi-jack my peace and joy. Don’t you hate when this happens? You are so giddy with expectation of what the Lord is about to do and anxiousness decides it wants to crash the party.
These are the spots in our lives where we must focus and meditate on the promises of God’s Word, to not give way to that anxiousness.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27
These are the moments in our walk with the Lord that put our faith into action for the entire world to see. Do we believe God or the ugly lies we are being fed. I don’t know about you, but I choose God. So often we muster up the strength and courage to walk through those open doors in our lives. Only to tremble once we’re in the room for any number of reasons. It’s unfamiliar. It’s dark. It’s empty. It’s quiet. It’s loud. It’s cold, etc… We tend to forget the second part of Deuteronomy 31:6 … He will never leave you or forsake you. We act as if when we walked through the door we walked in alone. To the contrary. We walked in holding the hand of Jesus as He leads the way. Remember, nothing catches Him by surprise.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7
As you may find yourself in that quiet, empty room, not knowing what to expect, just expect. Expect His peace and joy to abound. Expect, exceedingly and abundantly. Fill the quiet room with praises of joy and thanksgiving. The Lord will take that empty room and fill it with His promises. Although at times you may not care for some of the pieces He chooses for the room, in the end they all work together, for His glory and our sanctification.
Now that you found the courage to walk through the door with me, watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong (1Cor. 16:13) and open your eyes, to see all the beauty and splendor He sets before you as your faith increases and anxiousness decreases.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.