And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of the holy one, the true one,
who has the key of David,
who opens and no one will shut,
who shuts and no one opens:
‚ÄúI know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.‚Äù (Rev 3:7-8)
Sometimes, when trying to be obedient to what we think is a calling from God, a door gets slammed in our face. It‚Äôs hard to be thankful in times like that, but we probably should. Who knows what pains God may have spared us by keeping us out of a situation which, though it seemed to be just what we wanted or needed, would have taken a toll on our spirit, soul, and body?
Sometimes, when we least expect it, God opens a door. It could be a simple as a “random” chance to do something good for a neighbor or as profound as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something to change the world.
Sometimes, we sit in silence because we don‚Äôt know what may open up for us‚Äîor what may unexpectedly close. In those times especially, it is good to be able to confess that God is in control.
O Key of David and Scepter of the house of Israel,
what you open none can shut:
come and lead us out of darkness.