Open door to your heart for the Lord

In the book of Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.”

Perhaps you have seen the painting showing Jesus standing at a wooden door knocking. The door has no outside handle and there is no way to enter this home unless the one inside opens the door. This example is used in children’s Sunday school class to give a picture of understanding. It explains in basics how to begin a personal relationship with the Lord. The first step is to open the door of our hearts to him. So simple, a child can comprehend it, yet so profound. God has a way of knocking on the door of our hearts. He knows how to get the attention of his children. It can be through a sermon at church on Sunday, or through a television program.

God speaks to us through people and circumstances. He talks to us in our hearts and through the Bible. He is a father seeking to communicate with his children. He knows when our hearts are saddened by situations in life and will bring the strength and consolation to help us. He understands the burdens of life and will minister to us, through encouraging words.

Psalm 31:24 reads, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.” These are promising words for those who are willing to hear and listen.

Also in Scripture, Isaiah 40:29 reads, “He gives strength to the weary; and to him who lacks might he increases power.” These words will bring life and encouragement to a wounded heart and healing to a troubled soul. There are those times when the Lord speaks to us about the direction of our life. The closed doors that we try to push open. They may be closed for a reason or for a season. At times we want to take a course in life that is not the perfect plan of God. We can only see so far down the road, but his vision is limitless. Our wants, may not be what is needed in our life. Inviting Christ to be Lord and Savior bestows upon us a great gift; his presence, wisdom and power released to help us in life. It is the assurance by faith that we are not alone.

Hebrews 13:5 reads, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” To forsake someone is to abandon them. The word “abandon” means to desert, to walk out on, to discard.

When issues in life become difficult the Lord does not walk away, or give up on us. He is one who remains the constant presence, knocking at our door.

His assurance of help will provide us strength to accept the circumstances for what they are now. This strength will carry us through until we reach the end. God, infinite in mercy, may close the door, but he will open a window.

Psalm 46:1 notes that “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.” We are able to run to him for safety and strength during the times of uncertainty. He will be there. The Lord also speaks to us through circumstances. There are those times that situations may require our focus and answers that we cannot provide. We have wisdom readily available to us. God provides it in his word.

We must ask for his direction and help in situations that we have no control over or seemingly control us.

Proverbs 2:6-7 reads, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.”

God will give us what we need, when we need it most. He will be our staying power and provide the stability required to help with our daily decisions. Life changes occur, loved ones age, families fall apart, disappointments happen. Through it all, we can be assured of help and guidance.

In the book of James 1:5 Scripture reads, “But if any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Life holds many blessings for each of us. Each of us should take the time to realize that these are truly gifts from God to us. One of the greatest blessings we have is a relationship with the Lord. It is ours to choose, it is ours to cherish and it is ours to share. God is speaking to each of us today. Our communication with him is through prayer, with a humble heart. It is each one’s responsibility to answer the knock on our heart’s door, and respond. By so doing, we are assured of God’s salvation, direction, wisdom and consolation in times of need.

Today, he is knocking. Trust, believe and you will see the goodness and provision of the Lord.

Patty Scahill of Austintown is a conference speaker and author.SFlb

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