The Good When God Closes a Door

Do you sometimes wonder what God is doing when a door seems to close? Here’s how to thrive in Christ when God closes a door including some testimonies of that in action from the Blogger Voices Network.

Imagine that you are walking a path that represents your life. Excitement builds as you venture along, because it leads toward your near future. The speed is exhilarating as you run toward your goals. Eventually you come upon what seems to be an enormous boulder blocking your foot path.

The monstrous thing just sits. Dismay sets in. But you must keep going! You have to move it!

Pushing and straining, you try to move it only a smidgeon so you can squeeze by and get back to running. Try as you might, you realize no amount of human strength is going to cause it to budge. Close cliffs line each side of the footpath.

Only one way exists to keep going. You have to climb it. As you climb, a dawning realization overtakes you.

It’s not an impossible obstacle, but the immovable Rock—God!

New firm footing helps you to stand. Once on top, your vantage point changes. Now you can clearly see an dangerous pitfall that came next in the footpath. Finally, you understand: He is only trying to protect you from it.

God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock? Psalm 18:30–31 NLT

What today seems to be blocking your progress that might be the Lord protecting your footing?

Sometimes we look at a closed door with dismay. But if we are praying to know which direction God wants for us, then He will answer our prayers with closing the doors that aren’t wise for us to take.

Knowing this when praying for God’s will gives us hope and peace.

The Good When God Closes a Door

I asked some members of the Blogger Voices Network how they have seen the good in God closing a door. Here are their testimonies:

On Relationships

This past weekend we witnessed the good in God closing multiple doors as our youngest daughter (the last to leave the nest) married the man of her dreams. We saw God answer prayer in an unexpected way when He provided her now husband. Two, very painful, doors were closed during her college years. She graduated with two degrees, neither were the “Mrs.” degree we all expected. We trusted God and prayed for three years. This weekend we saw the good of closed doors, and I can’t even express to you how much better His good is than our good. — InstaEncouragements

As I was preparing to move to Guatemala as a single missionary in 2002, I fell in love with a man who was a “nominal believer”. We began to spend a lot of time together before my departure. The separation was hard for both of us, even though the relationship was only 2-months-old. Once in Guatemala, we wrote snail-mail letters to each other once a week. We both dreamed of being together again. Weeks went by. Then, “out of the blue” I received an email saying “we need to talk”. Later that day we spoke on the phone and he said we needed to break up because he was being drawn back to his previous girlfriend.

Needless to say, my world was turned on its head. I was devastated and heartbroken. I doubted God and became angry with Him. It took me some time to realize that my Heavenly Father removed that person from my life because he was distracting me from my calling as a missionary.

Looking back, I am so grateful for the love and care God showed to me during that time. What I thought was a disaster, God meant for good. He restored me and reoriented me back to the road he had placed me on. I learned that God loves his children so much that he will go to great lengths to bring us back home. —

On Health

My husband was fired from his company of 26 years. Because of that, he was with me instead of at a conference in another state when I received the call that I had cancer. He was able to go to all my early doctors appointments and nurse me back to health after my big surgery. Even attended the first chemo treatment with me. I will always be grateful for that time. —

God is so good and so faithful! I thought my world was ending when my first son was born with a chronic lung disease. I felt betrayed by God and abandoned. But far from abandoning me, God was pursuing me, calling me into a deeper relationship with him. It was through the pain that He redeemed my family’s brokenness and inspired me to start my blog, through which I’ve reached so many other hurting and discouraged moms with the hope and healing that can only be found in Jesus. —

On Housing

It’s so hard to hear “no” from God, but when He says no, I know that He will use it to amaze me with His plan which was more beautiful, more fulfilling, and more glorifying to His name than any plan that I had conjured up. This was recently true with our house – we were renting a home and while it worked okay for us, it was 2 bedroom and our family of 4 was cramped for space. God made available a 4 bedroom foreclosure in our same small town – a total answer to prayers after so many prayers ended in “no, please wait and trust Me.”

On Ministry

Have you ever prayed for something really hard, God answers that prayer and you feel you want to take the prayer back??? When God first closed a major door in my life, I truly wanted to take my prayer back. I thought I had completely misunderstood where God was guiding me. But you know, when you hear something 3 times from 3 different godly women, God is getting your attention!! That’s when I truly realized God was taking my life in a complete life change, a 180!  This new direction in my life has brought me so much closer to the Lord and taught me to trust Him even more. This has also given me more wisdom in helping other women dealing with similar life situations and just how to trust God in general. —

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Thrive in Christ When God Closes a Door

Let’s look at a closed door in the Bible. For a quick example, King David wanted to build a house for God, but God said no; He had Solomon lined up for that (1 Chronicles 17:4, 11-12).

When a figurative door closes in your life for something you think is good for you, you might start doubting God. You might wonder if He’s angry and not listening to you (not true!). But God’s promises aren’t broken. He is still providing for you like all of His children.

God may not be saying there’s a better opportunity, but it is for your good–even to go through a trial that He ordained (James 1:2-4). When God closes a door, it might be that He’s taking you down a path that will ultimately bring you into a greater spiritual maturity and closer to Him. In that case, you will thrive in Christ when God closes a door in your life.

Has God closed a door in your life? What happened? Did you find good in it?

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  1. What a great collection of testimonies! It is encouraging to remember that God has a plan even if it is not the same as ours and that he can work good even in those situations that don’t turn out as we hope!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Yes, He is such a good Father!

  2. Thank you Kelly for putting this together and allowing us to be a part of it. 🙂 Tweeted. Pinned. Shared. Scheduled.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      My pleasure, Patsy! So blessed by you!

  3. This is so refreshing. Thank you so much for sharing so many beautiful stories. I teared up reading how God provides over and over though not how we expect. “Our good” does not always match the picture in our minds of how we think it should look.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      I’m so happy to hear you were blessed by it, Brittany! He is a good Father!

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