John says that the disciples gathered that night the first day of the week. The events of the past week have plunged them all into darkness and now they are cowering together, filled with fear. The same authorities who had killed Jesus may now be after Jesus’ followers. And the doors are shut. John says that the doors were shut and locked “from fear.” And they had much for which to be fearful. But some of them may have been also filled with grief.
We also gather behind locked doors. There are the doors of our hearts that have locked down in the prison that consists of despair…. “God has disappointed me before, I won’t trust God again” “He is hopeless. He will never get over this addiction” “I’m dying and I’m dying alone.”
Somehow God is moving us from behind the closed locked door that we don’t want to move from, to the new wide open door of new opportunities. As God opens and closes doors, I want us to remember four important things: God is in full control of both sides of those doors. God takes full responsibility for the results of the closed door and the open one. When God closes one opportunity, it seems to leads us to a better opportunity. It is only when we walk through the open door that we can look back and see why God closed the one door and opened the new one.
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. (Jer 18:1)
This is not just our struggle, all believers have had this struggle. God is ever changing us. With every opportunity that is closed, God opens a window just for us.