Is "When One Door Closes One other" Biblical?

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The popular phrase "When one door closes, another opens" is not in the Bible. It is a quote from Alexander Graham Bell. However, this alone does not determine whether it is a biblical principle or not. What is the line used for?

The idea of ​​when a “door” in our life closes and we are looking for another one to open is one way to encourage ourselves. Self-encouragement is a biblical principle. This way of applying the phrase is a great way to give hope to our souls.

But he said to me: "My grace is enough for you because my strength is perfect in weakness." All the more I will boast of my weaknesses so that the strength of Christ can rest on me (2 Corinthians 12: 9).

There are different places in the Bible where God opened and closed “doors”. However, sometimes people use closed and open "doors" to guide them. We'll look at where they got this idea from and why God doesn't want us to live.

Idea of ​​instructions

The idea of ​​being guided by open and closed doors stems from Gideon's story in the Old Testament. Gideon was unsure and afraid of what God wanted him to do. He asked for a sign.

Then Gideon said to God, "You say you decided to use me to save Israel. Well, I'm going to put some wool on the floor where we're threshing the wheat. If there is dew on the wool in the morning but not on the floor, I will know that you will use me to save Israel. “That's exactly what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the wool together and wrung out enough dew to fill a bowl with water.

Then Gideon said to God: “Don't be angry with me; Let me speak again. Please let me do another test on the wool. This time the wool should be dry and the floor wet. “That night God did just that. The next morning the wool was dry, but the floor was damp with dew. (Judges 6: 36-40, GNT).

God had no problem with what Gideon was doing. Many people in the Old Testament asked God for a sign after speaking to them. The most important thing is that the sign did not serve as a guide, but as a consolation and confirmation. God should be our guide.

A visual one

There are many verses in the Bible that use the word "door" as an image to speak of an opportunity.

See in these verses how God who opens a door gives him an opportunity.

There's a wide open door here for a great job, although many are against me. When Timothy comes, don't intimidate him. He does the Lord's work as I do (1 Corinthians 16: 9-10).

When they arrived in Antioch, they called the church together and told what God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles (Acts 14:27).

And also pray for us that God opens a door to our message so that we can announce the mystery of Christ for which I am in chains (Colossians 4: 3).

When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me (2 Corinthians 2:12).

"I know everything you do, and I've opened a door that no one can close. You have little strength, but you have obeyed my word and have not denied me ”(Revelation 3: 8).

Not every opportunity in our life comes from God. But we can ask him to open a door for us, or we can see that he did. If we know that it is God who opened the door for us, we can trust him to go through it.

Better than doors

Because of Jesus' accomplished work on the cross, we were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Being led by the Spirit of God is better than looking for doors. He not only shows us the way, but can also point us out if it is not safe or prudent to go in a certain direction.

Next, Paul and Silas traveled through the areas of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia. Then, when they reached the borders of Mysia, they drove north to the province of Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus again did not allow them to go there (Acts 16: 6-7).

But when he, the spirit of truth, has come, he will lead you to all truth; because he will not speak of himself; but whatever he will hear, he will speak; and he will show you things that will come (John 16:13).

Whenever we are disappointed with a missed opportunity (closed door), we can bring the matter to God. He will always encourage and fill us with new hope.

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Danielle Bernock is an international, award-winning author, speaker and coach who helps people take on their value and heal their souls through the power of God's love. She has written Emerging With Wings, A Bird Named Payn (now available as audio), Love & # 39; s Manifesto and Because You Are Important. Danielle is a long-time follower of Christ and lives with her husband in Michigan near their grown children and grandchildren. For more information or to connect with Danielle

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