Behold, I have set before thee an open door. ~ Jesus
When I was a young boy my father came to my brother, sister and I and said, “If one of you will come to town with me I promise you won’t regret it.” I had been to town before so I said no. My brother mumbled something about being bored sitting in the car while Dad was at some church meeting.
But my little blond-haired, snaggled-tooth sister beamed and said she would go. My Dad and sister loaded up in the car and drove the three miles to town while my brother and I went back to playing. We played for about an hour when we looked up the long dirt driveway from the main road that led to our house and saw that sister of ours riding a bike down the road. She had a grin so big that you could count the bugs on her snaggled-teeth.
Hey where did you get that bike we asked? “Someone gave it to our family,” she said. Dad, who had been following her in the car, pulled up and had a smile on his face. We looked at him like he had pulled a fast one on us. We were a poor family, so for us to be given a used bike was a big deal. And to be the first to ride it was a bigger deal. And to get to ride it all the way home from town—that was a privilege that my sister would gloat about to her older brothers for a long time.
We started to whine about it not being fair and he stopped us and said, “You had the same amount of information she had, but she trusted and acted on that information. You wanted to play.”
Our problem was that we didn’t know a good opportunity when it was offered. She trusted her father and reaped the benefits.
Our God is the God of the open door. When people trust God and walk through open doors, the power of God is set in motion and things beyond our ability start to happen.
Genesis 24 is the story of Abraham, who is an old man by now. His wife Sarah is dead, and it’s time for his son Isaac to be married. The whole future of Israel rests on this decision. So, the big question is how is he going to find a wife for his son? There were no computer dating services back then or single’s bars. There were no newspapers in which to write personal ads like, “Attractive nomad with excellent prospect searching for female who likes to travel.”
The custom in those days was for a parent to arrange the marriage for their children.
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:1-4)
Parenthetically, putting a hand under the thigh was another ancient custom. It was a way to seal a deal in those days. Nowadays we just sign a contract or shake hands. Call me squeamish—but I like our way better.
So, Abraham commissions his servant, and Eliezer assembles a caravan of ten camels with gifts, we’re told. He goes to the city of Nahor. He kneels down by a well and he prays and waits, and soon a young woman named Rebekah approaches.
Eliezer explains the opportunity to her family and they say, “Here’s an open door. It will mean leaving everything, all that’s familiar, all that’s comfortable, and going to a strange place. Will you go with the man?” And her destiny hangs in the balance. There’s this open door from God, and she says, “I will go. I’ll leave my home. I’ll leave everything that’s familiar and go on this enormous adventure.”
Rebekah had no idea what was going to happen. She just walked through that door in trust. What if she hadn’t walked through? What if she got to the door and then stopped? One thing for certain, you would not know her name or her story.
There is no tragedy like the tragedy of an abandoned open door. What is the door of opportunity God is opening up for you right now?
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20 KJV
This is one of the most tender images in the Bible.
One time when our twin granddaughters were about four years old they were spending the weekend with us and I walked down the hallway towards my room and could hear them playing house in their room at our house. Little red-headed girl chatter about tea, flowers, and cake.
I stood outside and listened to the conversation between these little angels and my heart melted. I did the only thing a grandfather of grandgingers could do under those circumstances—I politely knocked on the door. Presently, little Addie, who wants to marry me when she grows up, opened the door. When she saw me she exclaimed with a huge smile, “Cadie, we have guests!”
I went in an enjoyed a wonderful pretend meal.
When you love somebody, you wonder; will the door always be open? Will I always be welcome in that heart? What will I do if one day I knock and they don’t answer?
As my grandfather might have said, “Jesus stands there, outside the locked door of my heart with His hat in his hand—waiting for me to let Him in.”
God has designed you with this door to your heart that can only be opened from the inside. No one can force you to love them. No One. Not even God. Only you can open the door of your heart. God Himself will not violate that door. But He won’t go away either! Because He loves His children too much.
If you will open the door of your heart, he will come in and you will share the most tender and rich intimacy you could ever imagine.
Doors of opportunity and intimacy are waiting for you. Open the door. I promise you won’t regret it.