On Sunday mornings recently we have been learning how to make the correct shifts to follow God’s will. One important verse we have looked at is a verse in the book of Joshua which says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” God calls us to be courageous when walking in His will. Part of following God’s will is being aware of the opportunities that God brings to you. Most of us call these opportunities “an open door”. Open doors are exciting. It can be something new that you’ve never thought about before. Or it can be something you’ve prayed and planned for, for many years. But will quickly become discouraged, which is the opposite of courageous, if we believe that an open door guarantees ease.
God recently opened a door up for me in regards to a career opportunity and not long after it happened, God brought me to a verse in the book of Corinthians, “for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” Paul is saying that God has opened a door for him to share the gospel. The door is open for “effective work”. This is very exciting. But there’s more to the verse. “and there are many adversaries.” Just because God opens the door doesn’t mean there won’t be adversaries. Enemies will come against you as you try to obey God’s will for your life. Not all who disagree with you are wrong and not all resistance is bad. In fact, you need people who can wisely advise you when you may be rushing into a bad situation. Some opportunities are not open doors from God but temptations from Satan. But if you are following God’s will, there will be people against you. We know this because there were people against Jesus. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” Do not be discouraged. Be courageous. Paul says this in the book of Romans, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.”
Let’s follow God’s will. Let’s walk through open doors He gives us, courageously. Let’s not be discouraged when adversaries come. We will suffer with Him but we will also be glorified with Him.