George Müller wanted to be a missionary. He tried every option, but doors always closed. He faced resistance within his family and unwillingness from mission agencies. He would one day travel the world as a speaker in his later years, but for decades he had to remain in his adopted home of England. For a time, he felt awfully stuck.
Looking back on his life, we see God’s purposes. Müller did too, after a while. He started orphanages that ministered to thousands and lived a life of bold faith that has become an example for millions. The closed door early in his ministry led to open doors of enormous influence.
The same thing happened to Paul, Silas, Luke, and Timothy. They were trying to turn north in Asia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them (Acts 16:7). God redirected them across the waters to Macedonia, and the doors to Europe opened wide. It was a history-changing moment, but it began with obstacles and frustration.
God often speaks to us through the open and shut doors in our lives. When we sense his leading, we should never be surprised to find opposition at every turn. It may seem frustrating for a time, but it’s really a blessing of direction. Eventually, something opens. And it’s better than whatever we had imagined.