© by Joyce C. Lock
One cannot blame man when God has not revealed the way.
One cannot blame God when man has yet to obey.
One cannot blame man when God hasn't opened the door.
One cannot blame God when man lingers all the more.
One cannot blame man when God's timing isn't right.
One cannot blame God when man waits, due to fright.
One cannot blame man when God wisely says, "Not just yet"
One cannot blame God when man hasn't passed the test.
Facing closed doors, again and again, is a frustrating time in one's life. It puts faith and patience to the test, while tempting to place the blame elsewhere. It confines us to an inner prison, teaching the hard way to hang on when there's only God to hang on to; to trust Him no matter the outlook; to quit trying to help God out, as it's His job to complete what He's called you to; to wait patiently, and finally, to be contented in all circumstances. When the lessons have been learned and our freedom in Christ won (death not making us doubt out calling) - if the door remains closed, do not despair.
(1) Sometimes, God asks us to wait. He has other hearts to prepare.
(2) He may be asking us to rest (He.4:8,10), giving those who didn't believe another chance to receive. In which case, we'll "know" if Jesus has already told us something still will happen.
(3) God will not step over the heart of man to accomplish His purpose. Once man says "NO" to God, He moves on ... taking you with Him. Shake the dust off your feet, keep marching forward, and don't look back.
Just don't act until you "know" God's will. Sometimes, He offers plan "B" (Is. 49:22-23).
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.