Bill Bright

A young seminary graduate came to see me while he was investigating various possibilities of Christian service.  In particular, he had come to discuss the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.


“In what way do you expect God to reveal His place of service for you?” I asked him.


“I’m following the ‘closed-door policy,’” he replied.  “A few months ago, I began to investigate several opportunities for Christian service.  The Lord has now closed the door on all but two, one of which is Campus Crusade.  If the door to accept a call to a particular church closes, I’ll know that God wants me in Campus Crusade.”


Many sincere Christians follow this method – often with most unsatisfactory and frustrating results.  God does sometimes use closed doors in the life of a Spirit-controlled Christian, as the apostle Paul experienced on different occasions, but generally one does not discover God’s perfect will through a careless “hit-or-miss” attitude that ignores a careful evaluation of all the issues.


Such an approach is illogical because it allows elements of chance to influence a decision rather than a careful intelligent, prayerful evaluation of all the factors involved.  It is unscriptural in that it fails to employ the God-given faculties of reason that are controlled by the Holy Spirit.


Why not follow the “open-door policy” of Proverbs 3:5,6, trusting God for His clear direction?  This is God’s provision for supernatural living.


ACTION POINT:  In every decision today, whether small or large matters, joyfully and with anticipation I will trust in the Lord with all my heart, knowing that He will direct my path to supernatural living.  I will encourage others also to trust in the Lord.


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”  Proverbs 3:5,6


By Bill Bright, Promises


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