For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9
Closed doors, rejections; they do not decide your fate they simply redirect your course. You must keep moving because life’s detours can also be meaningful.
As believers, we want to know God’s will for our lives, but we usually do not know all the details of God’s plan so we don’t know exactly which way to go. In life we will face times of need, desire, opportunity, and opposition. When we need something God says come to me in prayer, knock and the door will be opened. In other instances God humbled the people, forcing them to seek Him by closing the heavens so it did not rain for some time. If prepared for it, opportunities also come; if we are not prepared we will not be able to see opportunities for what they are. But what happens when we face oppositions like closed doors, delayed gratification and/ stagnation?
We know that our enemies are not humans, but spiritual ones. Some of the enemies that come against us are frustration, impatience, and desperation. They are very much alike, but they are also very different.
- Frustration: related to anger, annoyance and disappointment, frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of an individual’s will or goal and is likely to increase when a will or goal is denied or blocked. (Alan De Botton)
Impatience: not being able to endure; restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition, having or showing keen interest or intense desire and expectancy.
- Desperation: a state of despair (hopelessness or loss of faith), typically one that results in rash or extreme behavior.
In the scriptures, king Saul made the mistake of forcing something- and super failed. Saul became impatient, frustrated and desperate, because his soldiers were not ready to fight the Philistines. King Saul waited and waited for the prophet Samuel to come but he didn’t, and his soldiers were ready to flee the battle! So Saul took matters into his own hands and offered sacrifices to God without Samuel. The right thing to do was to have waited for the prophet Samuel, and do things God’s way! Matters are made worse when we try to take things into our own hands. That’s not faith — and in James the bible says that whatever is not done in faith is sin.
God will frustrate our plans when they don’t line up with His will. When our plans fail, it is God saying: “Stop trying to make things happen for yourself, and just trust Me”. We don’t have to have it all together, God just needs us to have the correct disposition. This greatly depends on where we are emotionally or mentally. We spend way too much time trying to figure out life by ourselves! worrying, following our culture or family’s timelines, and even the dream sold on media (social media, TV, Movies, Radio, etc.). We don’t seek God about relationships, choice of career, study or job employment etc; because we assume those things are up to us to decide on.
God has you and me on a unique path, with a detailed designed and specifically tailored for us: God considers our personalities, our characteristics and even our preferences. So why do we allow thoughts to enter our minds, and lead our souls into the hands of our faith killing enemies? That is who frustration, impatience and desperation are, they are our enemies. God wants us to live in Hope, Love and Faith… the greatest of these is Love.
Lord God, God of power, God of mercy. You are Lord of all, Lord of the universe, God of the seen and unseen. You can do all things, and today I come before you to ask you to war against these enemies attacking many people this season. I ask that you heal our broken hearts and crushed spirits of any disappointments, from both the past and even today. I ask you to remove the heaviness within our hearts and noise in our minds that cause us to become anxious or restless. Father God, help us to rebuild a consistency for a life of prayer. I know that many of us have been waiting for changes, and as we wait let us be patient. Knowing that you will renew our strength. We will run and not be weary, even as we may feel there is so much to do. help us manage our time and our energy God. I plead the blood of Jesus against stress and frustration, and any attacks related to being overwhelmed. Lord Jesus, help those who have lost their way, who have lost their vision, even their understanding, or who have lost their identity and no longer know who they are: we turn to you for help. Maybe our life is not what we wanted it to be, or how we planned for it to be, but only you can redirect our steps. And I ask you to that for us today. May we climb out of darkness, any form of darkness. In Jesus name, Amen.