How far away does God feel right now? As Christians, there are times when we feel God is so close that we can feel His very presence in the room with us. We are able to bask in His glory and we never want to leave that moment.
Other times, we cry out, “God! Where are you?!” We feel that our prayers are bouncing off the ceiling and getting nowhere. We assume that God is not there…not listening. But I want to ask you, have you opened the door…or are you just yelling through it? Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Too often we get so busy and caught up in life that we don’t hear the soft knocking of Jesus at our heart’s door…insistent knocking….as He stands and waits for us to let him in and allow Him to spend our day with us. We miss the soft whisper across our heart as He calls out our name and says, “I am here.” As we wonder why He is silent and He doesn’t respond to our prayers, we continue on with our busy lives. Sometimes, we just need to stop. We need to get in a quiet place and turn our focus to Him. Then we can hear His soft, insistent knocking. With our focus on Jesus, we can hear his voice.
It’s important to understand that Jesus will never barge in like an uninvited guest. He will never be charged with “breaking and entering” the space of our heart. He stands at the door of your heart and knocks. Waiting for you to open the door and invite Him in. Then He will come in and spend time in sweet fellowship. In fact, he wants nothing more than to spend time with you. After all, He gave His life just so He could.
In John 10:7, we see another reference about a door. This time Jesus is referring to Himself when he said, “I am the door.” He is the door that leads to salvation. He is the door that leads to eternal life. He is the door that leads to comfort. He is the door that leads to protection. He is the door that leads to provision. He is the door that leads to joy. He is the door that leads to wisdom. He is the door that leads to peace. He is the door that leads to healing. He is the door that leads to fulfillment. He is the door that leads to ____________ (fill in the blank with what’s going on in your life).
In Hebrews 13:5, Paul states a promise that was given to Joshua and is true for all Christians. The promise says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Because we can trust God to keep His promises, we can know that He is near, even if we’ve put up a barrier by closing the door. He’s just on the other side. Jesus stands at the door of our hearts knocking and seeking entrance. When we open the door and receive Him as Savior, He then becomes the door that leads to all that we need. As Max Lucado wrote, “Prayer is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart. The willing pull. The happy welcome to Jesus: “Come in, O King. Come in.” (Lucado, 2014) Will you quiet your heart to hear Him knocking? Will you stop your busy day and open the door? He’s there. Standing. Quietly and insistently knocking. Waiting. Waiting for you to make Him the priority of your day…of your life. Waiting for you to be obedient to what He’s asked you to do. Waiting for you to surrender that heartache you’ve been holding on to. Waiting for you to open the door and invite Him in. Your hand is on the door knob…go ahead and give it turn and pull it open. He’s there.
Lucado, M. (2014). before amen. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.