AFLC World Missions Devotional – June 2020

God closes one door to open another

   Jeremiah 10:22-24 “The sound of a report! Behold, it comes. A great commotion out of the land of the north to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a haunt of jackals. I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself. Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me, O Lord, but with justice; not with your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.

God can direct my life much better than I. I have to fight the urge to be in control. Change scares me. I want to be in control. Should I be afraid to let God re-direct my plans?

   Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and hope.”

I pray for wisdom to follow God’s plan not my plan. The Holy Spirit knows the way. A closed door redirects our journey to an open door, which eventually does result in greater glory for God!

   James 1:2-3 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

God closed doors in my life that I felt absolutely should not have been closed. I became angry, bitter and really upset with God. My faith was put through an enormous test. BUT the open door our Lord led me through, brought me to a beautiful place of peace. My trial was joy. Waiting for our Lord was hard for me, but I gained wisdom, learned patience and to totally trust Jesus.

The door that God closed on me gave me the time to reflect on my relationship with God, my family and many other people around me. God prepared me to walk through the door that he then opened up for me in order to better serve Him. I arrived at a much better place than the previous path that I was on.

   Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

God opens doors for us and leads us on the best possible way. His path for us is perfect. If we stay on the right path, we will live a life of service with all glory to God.

   Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.”

God knows what is best for us, we can trust him completely. By praying, reading the Bible and following Jesus, God leads and protects us on the right path.

By Steve Deysher, World Mission Committee member