Don’t Judge A Door By It’s Cover

The doorway into the next season may be right in front of you. You just may not have recognised it.

The Pharisees came to listen to a hairy hippy who lived on a diet of wild honey and grasshoppers (I haven’t noticed anyone proclaiming the health benefits of the ‘John the Baptist Diet’ yet!), and whose wardrobe consisted of clothing made of camels hair.

These religious ‘leaders’ who had life all figured out decided to reject not just the message he preached, but the messenger himself. But in throwing out the baby with the bath water, they ended up cutting themselves off from God’s purpose for them:

‘But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s purpose for them, for they had refused John’s baptism’ – Luke 7:30 (NLT)

God’s intent was to open a doorway that gave them everlasting life, and a hope and a future. But the doorway right in front of them didn’t look like the kind of doors they would expect God to create. They expected something or someone cleaner, and a message that was a little more sanitised.

As a result, the door God intended them to open remained closed. They robbed themselves of all the good things God had for them.

Often in life we can miss out on the good things God has for us because we have a preconceived idea of what the doors should look like. Maybe the doors God wants to open are a little unconventional. Maybe they don’t look like the doors He has opened for other people, and you need to step through them anyway.

They key in this is to remain open. Don’t judge a door by it’s cover, but by the voice of the Spirit who promises to guide you:

‘Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left’ – Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)

God has prepared good things ahead for you! Trust in His leading, and as you step into His purpose for your life, you will taste and see this goodness for yourself!

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