The Closed Door Invitation

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And then, though it is against the law, I will go in and see the king. Esther 4:16

If, having no prior knowledge, one was handed a world map drawn on a flat piece of paper, one might just assume the world is flat. However in this day in age, though the world appears flat on a map we can rely on what we KNOW to be true, that the world is indeed round.

Sometimes, when God seems silent, maybe it’s an opportunity to rely on His promises that we  KNOW are true, rather than our own “flat” perspectives.

For instance it was recently brought to my attention in the book of Esther chapter four, Esther herself is faced with a situation that from any human perspective would seem fatal. She is asked to confront the king in order to save the Jewish race however anyone entering into his presence un-summoned would be killed! Side note: Esther, his wife, had not been summoned at all in the last 30 days!

I don’t know about you but that door of opportunity for Esther, at least from my perspective, seems like a closed door. A door that closed 30 days ago!!

Esther however decides to embrace bold and brave with both hands (since courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of trust) and fast for three days before taking on the closed door – I’m sure a whole lot of praying was going on too!!

One might think that after 3 days of fasting and prayer especially for a good cause like Esther’s (saving God’s chosen people) might warrant some clear direction, maybe even a crack in the bolted door – like maybe an impromptu date night invitation from the king!! I bet if Esther was anything like me she probably highly suggested that idea to the King (with a capital K) herself in prayer – multiply times!

However we see that at the end of three days of fasting….nothing had changed one iota. But I find that sometimes prayer doesn’t change my situation, sometimes it does, but it most definitely changes me.

Esther, I believed was strengthened in the promises of God those three days – like Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego in Daniel 3 when they declare to their evil king that they will in no way bow down to the idol even if it means being thrown into the furnace. They believed that God could save them but even if for whatever reason He chose to do things another way like take them to heaven in the fire, they would trust God no matter what. They would not waver in their persevering faith.

It’s like Jesus told John the Baptist when he began to doubt while in prison – blessed is the one who does not lose faith on account of how He does things (paraphrased Matt. 11:6). He knows things we don’t and understands things we can’t so ever increasing trust is a good thing to pray for in my book!

If you know the story Esther does end up surviving and the Jewish race is preserved but she needed to confront the king inspite of what looked like from her human perspective, a closed door and certain death. So I wonder if in our own lives what we might first perceive as a closed door may not be a closed door at all, but an invitation to knock.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus is the greatest gift of all, He does not withhold Himself from anyone. He wants all to receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior, to find Him as the great I AM for all that they need in any and every situation.

He is more than enough for our current situations and circumstances, and if what at first appears like a discouraging closed door might we allow Him to change our “flat” perspective of it. Maybe it’s an invitation to knock, knock again, or to knock just a little bit harder into His Word; an opportunity to lean against it, rest, abide in the steadfastness of His Word.

Sometimes I think a closed door or a silent answer is not meant to discourage but to encourage. Encourage us, invite us to take a step in ever increasing faith and trust into Him who proves faithful every time.

Independent Read: Proverbs 3:5-6, Deuteronomy 31:6

 

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