Closed doors here stand for opposition, obstacles, difficulties, delays, challenges etc. In yet another conversation with a young lady who is dealing with a tough situation, the statement "closed doors" came up. She was wondering why in trying to do a good thing she has encountered so many close doors. It set me musing.
There is nothing more frustrating than being sure of a certain move or decision and facing so much opposition from all directions, making it difficult to accomplish your goal. The devil can employ closed doors to frustrate you, stop you in your tracks, set you back and simply make you miserable. God can also employ closed doors to save your life, grab your attention or as a means of redirecting you or to get you to change course. The challenge is knowing whether the closed door you are dealing with is from God or the enemy. Sometimes it is obvious, other times not so.
Balaam faced inexplicable opposition while on his way to do Balak's bidding. When his donkey suddenly stopped moving and dug his heels in, Balaam beat it mercilessly till the animal spoke and Balaam's eyes were opened. He then saw an angel smack in the middle of the path with a drawn sword. Had the donkey not stopped, his master would have ridden straight into the angel's sword. That close door saved his life. It was from God. (Numbers 22)
Paul experienced impediments in Ephesus as he preached the gospel. "But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries."1 Corinthians 16:8-9. Clearly these challenges emanated from the devil who did not want the gospel preached or advanced.
It is extremely important to know the source of or reason for the oppositions we face as we go through life. You may be praying wrong prayers if you see every challenge in your life as coming from the devil. Ecclesiastes 7:13 asks "Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?". Yes all good things come from the Lord but in His wisdom, He sometimes employs difficulties, challenges, punishments to yank us from falling into bad situations; to gain our attention; redirect our focus; and to get us to do what is right. He used a big fish to redirect Jonah and a talking donkey to get a prophet's attention.
What difficulties are you facing? What door have you been pushing against, banging on, kicking at that is simply not budging? Have you taken a pause to ponder if God is trying to tell you something through these difficulties? Is it a sign that you should move in a different direction, change tactics or restrategize? Or is it simply the enemy trying to pull you down, weary you to abandon a move that will benefit you greatly?
Take sometime to pray, search the word and seek counsel from godly people as you ask God to reveal the true nature of your closed door. Like David after the Amalekite invasion, ask the Lord "...Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all." 1 Samuel 30:8.