The origin of this saying may come from Alexander Graham Bell:
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
Or, perhaps, here:
The sound of Music~ At the beginning of the movie, Maria—a nun—gets kicked out of the convent for being too extravagant, and as she is leaving, the head nun reassures her by saying, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”
Whatever the case... I know personally that God does open doors and He also shuts them.
Open doors in life means opportunity, progress and promotion. But unexpectedly certain open doors close. It leaves you desperate. Then you cry out, ``O my God, where are you? Is it all over for me? Open one door for me. Give me a sign of your goodness.'
This cry comes from desperation. But you as God's child need to be better informed about closed doors. They do not mean that it is the end of the road for you. They do not mean that God has stopped caring for you. But it means quite the opposite. You need to understand the loving care with which God closes doors in your life.
Do not be surprised; you should know for sure that it is God who opens and closes doors in your life. If you trust in Jesus; He is the one who opens and closes doors in your life: ``What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open'' (Revelation 2:7b NIV).
Therefore, be sure and fully convinced that the closed doors in your life are His doing. You need not blame anyone for that. You need not curse your circumstances. The best thing to do is to thank God for closing those doors in your life. Is that easy to do? Not at all. But that is the best thing you can do!
Now, if you are convinced that it is God who closes doors, you are ready to think of why He does so:
The Open DoorFinally, you have to really on a claim that Jesus makes: ``See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut'' (Revelation 3:8a NIV).
It is often found that when you see the possibility of a door opening you also start doubting. Most of these doubts are silly. But during this time they appear large and threatening. At this time if you start believing the doubts you will not enjoy the blessing of the open door. For destroying these doubts you will have to boldly say out loud that what God has opened for you no one can shut. You have to believe it with all your heart. You have to affirm it loud to those who try to encourage those doubts in your mind. Yes, shout it out loud that what God has opened no one can shut.
That is the cry of victory. It is the shout of triumph.
Now you can rejoice when God closes doors. For closed doors are a blessing to you. Thank Him for it.
But be bold to declare open closed doors in His name when He gives you the assurance that He has kept an open door before you which no one can shut!
Points to remember: