When God opens a door He doesn’t always swing it wide open and call upon the trumpet players to announce you. Sometimes He gently nudges you through openings when you think there is no way you can fit. But as you press through, His great plan is always revealed and is always good.

By good I do not mean “comfortable, enjoyable or even fruitful”. What I do mean is “for-your-betterment-in-the-long-run” , “for His glory”, “for the strengthening of the body”, and so on. When God allows us to go through something that seems so contrary to what we think He would have let us go through, we often think “I heard Him wrong” or even “what was He thinking?” Never forget that God alone is sovereign and He sees the big picture.

We have equated and easy and comfortable life with being in the center of God’s will.

Perhaps we need to spend more time reading the writings of the Psalms, Paul, Peter, John…okay, the whole Bible actually. I love reading books that help me draw closer to God but if I only read book others have written about the Bible and think that is enough for me to know His will, I will easily misinterpret and misunderstand my circumstances. The Bible and it alone is what reveals to us God’s character, holiness, power and plan.  Pain and suffering, challenges and failure are not against the will of God. Read His word fully and you will see He will make “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

All this to say, whatever door God is allowing you to go through today, He will use it to help you look more like Jesus. Perhaps we need to change the words “good or bad” to be “encouraging or challenging”,” enjoyable or difficult.” The words we choose to use and hear regarding our circumstances are very important (the Bible is full of words).  Some of the most rewarding things I have experienced in life have all come first as challenges full of uncertainty and often pain but they have made me stronger, more dependent on God and more strong in my faith.

Is 45:7, Ps 71:20-21, 66:10-12, 37:23-24, Psalm 23