Who Is Behind the Closed Door?
“For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan stopped us.” -1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV
Distressed over their welfare, Paul desperately wanted to visit this Thessalonian church. However, circumstances prevented his going—circumstances Paul attributed to demonic forces. Instead, he sent Timothy to “strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.”
Many times the desires of our hearts become thwarted, and it is difficult to know whether the roadblock is Satanic or divinely inspired. Wisdom is needed.
The tendency may be to say, “Oh well, God must’ve changed his mind.”
God does not change his mind on a whim, and likewise, we should not be so quick to attribute obstacles to Him. If we believe God has set us on a course and that course is obscured, two possibilities exist.
- Satan does not want us to pursue God’s will in our life. Staying the course in our hearts, we can then submit the circumstances to the Lord, trusting God to overcome.
- Like an artist’s chisel, our adverse circumstance may be God’s intervention. His purpose always has our spiritual welfare at the top of His agenda. By examining our desires, committing or recommitting them to the Lord, God will show us if the thing we want will indeed enhance our devotion. If our agenda distracts from an ever-deepening relationship with our Lord and Savior, the roadblocks may be His way to return us to his Everlasting Arms.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel, Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that speaks to the heart and offers hope to those with damaged lives. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her eternally patient husband, Steve. Readers may visit her website at www.lindarondeau.com, her blog, Salt and Light, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus . The author ‘s newest book, Fiddler’s Fling was released in July. It Really IS a Wonderful Life, features an Iraq War widow whose life is upended when she moves to the tundra of Northern New York. In an effort to re-invent her life, she joins a theater group in production for the Christmas classic: It’s a Wonderful Life.