Monday, September 22, 2014

The Door of Opportunity

UV 1190/10,000 The Door of Opportunity
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Revelation 3 v 8
The Lord knows our ways, our words, our works and our thoughts. He knows our problems, our challenges and our circumstances as no one else does. As we trust Him, He will open a way for us even in the toughest of situations. The door He opens no man can shut even as the door He closes no man can open. The door is a metaphor for an opportunity to testify about G0d’s goodness. It could also be an opportunity for growth and learning. It could be a new experience or opening in the area of our work or profession. It could be a new opportunity for ministry and service. Other people motivated by the enemy of our souls can place obstacles in our path of growth and progress but nothing can deter, distract or disturb us as it is the Lord’s will that we avail the opportunity.

Sometimes, a test or a trial can itself be the opportunity that the Lord intends for us. From our limited perspective it might be a great burden or tribulation but from the Lord’s eternal perspective, it might be a great opportunity to expand His influence through our testimonies. The Lord knows the limits of our strength and endurance and will not test us beyond those limits. He measures our strength in terms of the extent of our faith. He tests us to see if we value His Word, whether we store it in our hearts, honour it in our spirits and obey it in our daily lives. He knows whether we honour and love His name. Our faith will enable us to pray until something God-intended happens, proclaim until something God-intended happens, practice or obey until something G0d-intended happens. We should not deny that we belong to Him. We can also deny Him if we disbelieve His promises. We deny Him when we do not follow Him and emulate Christ in our ways, words, works and thoughts.
It is a true saying that when we honour God, He honours us. He honours us by bringing amazing opportunities our way. He gives us breakthroughs in our lives. He turns our limitations, weaknesses or curses into blessings and opportunities for growth and contribution. He increases our inner strength and gives us the wisdom to recognize the door of opportunity. He gives us the grace to take hold of the door and open it fully. In fact, every promise of God is a door of opportunity to experience the Lord’s blessings in different aspects of our lives. In the course of our lives, the Lord leads us through a series of open doors of different kinds. We might see with our natural eyes only the negatives or the obstacles in our path but when our spiritual eyes are opened we see the opportunities.

Prateep V Philip

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