I think most of us have been trained by life that when things are good, that God must be in them, but when things feel bad, He’s not. We say things to that effect on the golf course all the time. When someone hits an errant shot that hits a tree and bounces back into the fairway, we always say, “You must be living right!”
But the Bible teaches us otherwise.
But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me. (1 Corinthians 16:8-9)
Paul stayed on at Ephesus because a great door opened up for him to share the gospel. Notice what came with his open door? Opposition.
Too often the moment we face opposition, we start thinking this must not be God. If God were in this, it would be EASY!!
What if Noah thought that as he began a building project that took 100 years?
What if Moses thought that the first time Pharaoh wouldn’t let the Israelites go?
What if Jesus thought that in the Garden before his arrest?
An open door doesn’t mean you won’t face opposition. Every opportunity that God gives you may come with obstacles. Don’t always write off what God wants you to do just because you face opposition.
It could be that God wants to teach you to rely on him as you walk through the door.
It could be that God wants to test your faith in light of the opportunity.
It could be that you have a spiritual enemy that doesn’t want you to walk through that open door!
Just because it’s open, doesn’t mean it’s easy.