How do you know? How can you determine if an opportunity is a blessing or a plot to distract and undermine?
This is NOT an easy question. Sometimes the most perfect and fitting open door ain’t so perfect, and a closed door doesn’t necessarily signal a detour you should take. How do you discern?
The bottom line is, “Does the end result benefit the kingdom of God?” Again, not always easy to determine but it’s a critical question in the process that should be considered.
Where to start? Prayer should always be your first step. Ask God for a great reveal as to the path you’re supposed to take. Avoid impulsive decisions. Research and weigh your options. Seek wise counsel. Consult the people you trust most to be sounding boards and speak truth to you. Ask yourself who or what will benefit from your decision.
Lindon and I had a situation not long ago that really illustrates this process. Lindon had wanted to move out of Arizona for many years and a perfect opportunity presented itself which would have easily accommodated his desire – job, beach and all! It seemed to be a no-brainer; an easy yes. After a flight across the country, many interviews and much discussion, everything lined up perfectly; all he had hoped for was at his fingertips and I was game too! But after much soul and spiritual searching, it was clear to him that the move wouldn’t have benefited God’s overall plan for our lives. After Lindon withdrew his application (MUCH to my shock), he received a call the VERY NEXT DAY from our home church pastor asking to meet for lunch. Lunch provided a chance for Lindon to share our ministry vision with the pastor, who in turn opened the door WIDE for Declutter Now! teaching, focus groups and promotion opportunities. It was nothing short of incredible and completely unexpected. We’re still in sunny AZ, completely joyful and content, loving the life that God revealed to us and grateful for the amazing church and community support we’re blessed with.
Yes it can be confusing. God may slam a door shut just to see how important it is for you to nudge it open, or it may indicate a situation you should truly avoid. The answer isn’t always obvious and can be deceiving, but if you keep God’s will at the forefront of your decision making, the odds are in you favor that you’ll get it right!
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and all these things will be given to you as well.” Don’t be on the receiving end of Satan’s curveball!