What Opens When a Door Closes

In Acts 16, God closes two different doors to the Apostle Paul. We don't know if it was an inner prompting or an external prophetic instruction but, at the time, it must have been frustrating and confusing for Paul as he was only seeking to do what he thought was God's will. In his waiting and wondering. God totally redirects his path fo a place he hadn't intended to go. This led to incredible success in reaching a new group of people with the Gospel.

At times it feels like one door after another is closing on us, even those which we thought God was leading us towards. It can be a very difficult and disorientating season as we try to recalibrate our journey and make sense of what's going on. Yet, if we will wait expectantly in a place of faith, listen for His voice, and go to where He opens up for us, God’s repositions always lead to greater opportunities and success.

When God closes doors, ask yourself: What is He now opening up to me?


Acts 16:6-10

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”