Sometimes God Closes Doors
Right now most of our culture is in total disbelief. We hear nonstop news of this Coronavirus threat. Cancellations are happening every hour. Sporting events, schools and even churches are being shut down. This is a historic season that Americans won’t soon forget. Yet, sometimes God needs to close certain doors.
Maybe God needed us sport lovers to quit idolizing such events. Maybe God needed to do something drastic to get our full attention. Maybe God is using all these shut downs to bring us together and closer to Him. Maybe God needed to shut the doors of the church for a greater purpose. After all, the church is more about a people than a place.
The church I pastor, Refuge Church of Walterboro, has decided to cancel all services at least until April 5th. Instead of dwelling on opportunities taken from us, I can’t help but see all the opportunities given to us. I actually believe God is going to use this time to make an even greater impact as we look for ways to care about people beyond the walls of the church and take the time to pray for one another and depend fully on God’s guidance.
Instead of preaching to just a couple hundred people weekly, I will now have the opportunity to share God’s hope with a couple thousand. We will video broadcast our weekly messages each Sunday morning 9:15 and 11am. Folks can tune in on their computer wherever they might be. We are going the extra mile to make this possible with great excellence. You can listen in if you like by going to www.RefugeChurch.org.
I truly believe that sometimes God has to close doors to open other ones. Nothing happens by chance, but only by God’s allowance. He has allowed these uncertain days to take place for a greater reason. We shouldn’t fight to feel in control. Instead, we should realize God is still in control. Even in these unprecedented days God has a plan.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28