Are you willing to walk through that open door?
Life is full of uncertainty. But life is also full of doors that God swings wide open for us to walk through …if we would just trust Him.
The older I get, the more I realize that God wants my faith to be extraordinary….not a faith that follows Him as long as I can see exactly where that open door or path leads. In fact, that isn’t faith at all. That is simply following directions. Yet, many times, God’s “direction” is as sketchy as “Go (from all that is familiar to you) to a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
We all want to grow in our faith, experience God at work, and live our purpose before Him. But I wonder how many times He gentlemanly opens the door for us and we stand there, stare into the dark void, and say “Uh, no thank you…..I can’t see where that leads.”
When Moses was on Mount Sinai, receiving the law, the people of Israel were down in the camp frightened because God was demonstrating His power there on the mountain. The people were apparently afraid to go where God was. It was too uncertain. Too mysterious. Too scary.
Look, for yourself, at their fearful response to the incredible door that opened on Mount Sinai:
“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
(And here’s one of the saddest lines in Scripture:) The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:18-21)
How sad that the people never got to see the glory that Moses saw. And it’s because they remained at a distance. They had no intention of getting outside their safe comfort zone to experience the true glory of God. They didn’t want to go through that “scary” door.
I’m not sure what your open door looks like.
- Maybe it’s a new opportunity or job and you’re unsure of your ability to succeed at it.
- Maybe it’s an area of ministry and it’s still not completely clear to you what’s involved.
- Maybe it’s a “leap of faith” God is asking you to take but you just can’t see what is waiting on the other side.
- Maybe it’s simply a “trust Me” situation and you’re fearing the worst.
As God stands there with that door open, are you staying at a distance where it’s safe, familiar, comfortable? Are you hesitating to walk through because you think God might ask you to do something that’s a little risky? Are you keeping your distance out of fear? Or are you, like Moses, willing to approach the “thick darkness” where God is….willing to go where it’s mysterious and uncertain….where you have to trust that He is good and He will take care of His own?
When Moses entered the “thick darkness” it was there that He saw God’s glory.
Let’s be willing to go where God is — even if it looks scary, even if it looks uncertain, even if we’re not entirely sure what the outcome will be. He’ll be right there alongside us. And I’m certain we’ll be amazed at what we experience as we trust Him.
What is the door He’s holding open for you?