One of the most painful experiences a person can go through is the end of something they value. It could be a relationship, career, influence, or a life season. However, no matter how hard it is, a phase is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, an ending can be the beginning of something more beautiful.
So, how do you confirm if God is closing a door in your life to lead you to something better? You can read and look for the following signs:
1. God’s Word clearly says it.
One of the most obvious signs that God wants you to turn your back on something is when His Word clearly says so. If you want to inquire regarding God’s will about staying or leaving something, the first step is going to the Scripture. If you find out that God is against you staying in a place, relationship, or condition that can compromise your integrity and faithfulness to the Lord, then consider it a closed door.
Some of the situations that are automatically “closed doors” according to the Bible are a relationship with someone married (Leviticus 20:10) and wanting too much wealth (Matthew 6:19-21).
2. You have no peace with your decision.
No matter how good an opportunity is if it cannot glorify God or fulfill His purpose for your life, He will close the door on you. One sign of this is when you have no peace to take that good opportunity. So, what would happen if you pursued it even if you were not at ease?
Even if you managed to enter that company or relationship that is not for you, expect that you would not last long. There would be a lot of trials inside that would force you out soon. That is why you need to pray first and confirm if the opportunity is from the Lord or not.
3. The odds are against you.
Another sign that God has closed a door is when your efforts seem to be wasted due to obstacles. No matter how much you try to succeed in a specific area, things are not turning in your favor. Also, you keep seeing red flags all the time.
For instance, your laptop suddenly died down during your board meeting presentation, and you did not secure a backup file for it. Thus, you could not continue, and your employer got upset with you. As a result, you did not get a promotion. Or you could have done your best to review for the licensure exam, but suddenly you got sick and could not make it to the exam.
4. There is no provision.
If God gives you a vision, He will give you the direction and provision to make it happen. It may not be a smooth process, but you would not notice how things work to your advantage. Moreover, you would witness how God always provides resources and support at the right time.
On the other hand, if it seems like you always lack something to pursue a goal or you have a hard time getting what you need, it could be a sign. Maybe, the reason why God does not give you what you lack is that He wants you to stop pursuing something that is not meant for you.
5. It is draining your energy and joy.
If you are doing God’s purpose or plan for you, there will always be love and joy in what you do. No matter how tiring it is, you will stay passionate because what you are working on gives you a sense of fulfillment.
However, if the Lord wants you to stop at one thing, He will give you a change of heart. He will make you lose interest in what you are doing, so you will no longer be happy with it. When this happens, expect that you will get exhausted more easily. Plus, it would soon be like you are only dragging yourself to keep working.
6. You are no longer growing.
Aside from losing heart for what you always loved to do before, you have probably stopped growing. If a relationship, work, or even ministry is not helping you to level up anymore, maybe your season with it is over.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
It is probably hard to accept, but sometimes, we are not meant to stay in one area for a long time. Maybe, in your case, you were only meant to learn some lessons, or your character was being molded through it. However, maybe you are meant to move on now.
7. There are many oppositions.
Another sign that God is closing a door and you need to get on your way is the several oppositions before you. Sometimes, you have to listen to what the people around you are saying. Those who oppose your decisions are not always enemies. Instead, they could be the people who sincerely love you. However, their opposition could mean they see something dangerous that you cannot see from where you are.
For example, you could have decided to marry someone. But your family, friends, and even your church leaders are against the idea. Instead of dismissing all their reasons for not liking your partner, why not listen to them open-mindedly first? It could be a red flag that you should not ignore.
8. You are just forcing yourself into it.
If you can feel that you are not welcome anymore, stop trying to fit in. It would be hard to be happy and productive when surrounded by people who make you feel that you are not needed—or worse—you are only a burden. If this is the case, the door is obviously shut on you
How do you know if you are only forcing yourself to belong to an organization or relationship? One is the cold treatment you receive from the people around you. It seems like they would only talk to you if you approach them first or they need something. Another is when they only see your mistakes, and you never receive positive remarks. And the last one is when you are not invited to meetings and social gatherings.
9. The post already belongs to someone else.
Of course, the door is already closed if your aspired or former role already belongs to another person. So instead of plotting ways to get the position back, you should ponder why God allowed you to lose it. Probably, it is really His will for you to get out of it.
Acceptance is not easy at first, but you need it to see the bright side. Instead of being swallowed by jealousy, anger, and bitterness, just ask God for the reason behind your disappointment. Maybe you are meant for something better than what you have lost.
10. You cannot see your future self in it.
As abovementioned, God will give you a vision of what He wants you to accomplish. If you cannot envision yourself staying with your current relationship, work, or environment, maybe it is not meant to last.
Your vision will feed your determination to pursue a goal. Therefore, if you cannot see your future self in what you are pursuing now, you better stop as soon as possible. It is probably a closed door for you.
Follow God’s Leading
If God wants you to turn your back on a closed door, He will surely lead you to another opportunity. Instead of arguing with the Lord, be thankful in advance for the better door that He will open before you. While waiting, choose to serve Him.
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