Have you ever had a door slammed in your face? BAM! And as you stare in disbelief, you’re thinking… “No, that did not just happen!” But then you realize yes it did and you’re astounded. How do you react? Do you get angry or resentful?
I read the story of a woman who happened to come home from church later than usual one winter night. This infuriated her husband and he stated: “I am master of this house, and I am not going to have you coming home at so late an hour as this!” He forced her out the back door, then closed and locked it.
Out in the cold? How dare he?! I know, that’s what I thought too.
Sometimes doors are slammed, others are closed while still yet others are shut right before us. Probably you were up for a promotion at your place of work. In fact, maybe you were the interim person in that position (assuming all the duties of course) and they had even promised it to you. It was just a matter of time and it would become official. Then to your dismay, a new hire was brought in – and you were required to train them! BAM! Door slammed! Maybe you were engaged. The wedding had been planned and invitations sent out. Everything was set, then your fiancée changed their mind! BAM! Door Slammed! This can be very irritating – and especially if you have no doubt that you’ve done the needful in that particular situation.
We go through different door-slamming, door-shutting, and door-closing experiences. You probably have dreamed of open doors only to experience them slam, shut, close and even locked before you – one after the other. I don’t know what your experience is but I’d like to encourage you today.
Now, this woman who had been forced out on that winter night was a woman of faith. She had quietly responded to her husband’s infuriating action thus: “I know that you are my husband, but Christ is my Master.” She put her faith where it was supposed to be – in Christ. Then she walked around the house and when she came to the front she discovered that her husband had forgotten to lock the front door! So she simply came in through the main entrance, laughing.
Might it be that you’re standing at the wrong door? Did you happen to knock at the back door?Maybe you were supposed to come through the front door, rejoicing. The Bible says, “…Knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7b, Luke 11:9b). Just make sure it is the right door – and you’re wearing the right attitude. Hard as it may be just rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4) We are told to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). With faith in God and the right attitude, before you know it, another door will be open.
What makes this lady’s story more interesting is that when the husband finally saw what he had done, he caught her laughter and realized how silly he had been. Together they laughed about the matter, but to him it was also a revelation of how cold he had grown in the things of God. Shortly afterward, he spent ten days praying and fasting in repentance, and God gloriously restored him. The couple was Smith and Polly Wigglesworth. 
In life, when a door shuts on us it’s easy to panic and give up or we might sit there looking at the closed door for longer than it is necessary that we fail to see the opened one. Had Polly sat there in the cold staring at the shut back door she would have probably frozen to death that severe winter of 1884. Has a door been shut before you? Take a walk around the building you might discover something.
Sometimes when a door is slammed against you it could be because God is protecting you from a situation or He is setting you up for a blessing that you’ve never imagined or He is positioning you as a destiny helper to someone you don’t even know yet.
Think about Joseph for a moment. His story which can be found in Genesis 37-50 should help us see things a little differently. Joseph’s sold-into-slavery-shut-door experience was God’s way of preserving a nation. When famine struck, the only place Israel could get food was from Egypt; and the only person to help them out was Joseph! Suppose he had tried returning to Israel – a whole nation would have perished. When Potiphar’s wife accused him of rape, that was his palace-to-prison-slammed-door experience and this, God used to promote him. What’s your slammed door story? Forcing it open might be detrimental to your well being. Rejoice and again I say rejoice because God is up to something!