I love things that are automatic, like automatic faucets, hand towels, hand dryers. What makes them function is a person’s nearness to the mechanism. Or getting close enough to activate it.
Automatic store doors are great. They swing open when you get within a certain distance of them, as a sensor discerns a person’s nearness. Get close enough…and they open!
The other day, hubs and I were shopping in Michael’s craft store, getting a few goodies for me. One of my good days to be out. As we stood at the designated sign for waiting, hubs recognized a customer, from the back, at the register ahead of us, a great, old friend and photographer who was getting a few supplies.
Hubs called out to him. After shaking hands and voicing warm greetings, we wanted to chat and catch up since we had not seen each other in quite some time. So, when we finished at the register, the three of us stood out of the way, sort of, but the only place to stand was by the automatic door.
As we stood there having a grand time, we were too close to the door, so it kept opening and closing, opening and closing, opening and…well, you know.
Things like this stick in my noggin and then God drops in His treasures on top of it.
The automatic door made me think God has doors like this. The opportunity of any door opening depends on how close we get to the Lord and His will.
Each door will swing open on its heavenly hinges when we approach it and the sensor is our obedience. When we get close enough…it opens! But we have to draw near.
James said, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 NKJV) and then that door will open.
Whatever door we need opened, it is our duty to obey God’s word; His work is to cause the door to swing open when we get to it in His timing. This is an if-then fundamental.
Some of the many if-then principles the Bible gives us are…
* “Obey My voice, and [then] I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.” (Jer. 7:23 NKJV)
* “If you abide in My word, [then] you are My disciples indeed.” (John 8:31 NKJV)
* “If anyone keeps My word [then] he shall never taste death.” (John 8:52 NKJV)
* “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29 NKJV) (all emphases mine)
Do you need a door to open? That door is none other than Jesus, “I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7 NKJV) When you get close enough, He opens.
Will you draw close to sit at His feet, to be close enough to the throne of God, to obey His will, in order to have your door of hope turn on its hinges?