An open door

When one door closes, God very well may open a larger one. Opportunities are not constant, but change constantly. It’s important not to cry over the closing door, but necessary to see the door that is opening.

So Paul entered the synagogue and spoke out fearlessly for three months, addressing and convincing them about the kingdom of God. But when some were stubborn and refused to believe, reviling the Way before the congregation, he left them and took the disciples with him, addressing them every day in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.
Acts 19.8-10 NET

The three-month period that Paul preached in the synagogue was quite a long time, for he generally was not able to stay for so long. But all good things come to an end, as they say, and by the criticism that the Jews leveled against him (at least, they didn’t try stoning him), Paul saw this door closing on him.

It was then that he went to Tyrannus’s lecture hall, in which he taught for two good years and managed to get the message of Christ out not only to the city of Ephesus, but to Jews and Gentiles in the whole province. He could not have done so if he had stayed in the Jewish synagogue.

Perhaps the squeeze we feel on one side is God’s nudge to enter into a wider door that he is opening, in order for us to take advantage of a greater opportunity than the service we are now offering him.

Eternal Father, make me sensitive to the opportunities that present themselves, so that your salvation may come to all.

Hold this thought: God closes and opens for his envoys.


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