Followers of Christ should all know that God has an assignment or purpose for our lives. Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation [Mark 16:15]. That is God’s general-purpose for every believer.
But we also have a specific assignment or way God plans to use us to grow His kingdom. Some of us may know what that specific assignment is. While some of us are still trying to figure that out.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Those who do know what their God-given assignment is, the door to that assignment may be closed at the moment. What should we do while we wait for that door to open?
As I ponder this question, I’m reminded of King David. I had the amazing privilege of studying the life of King David last year with my bible study group. You can read all about his life in 1 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 2.
In summary, David was the youngest of 8 sons. He was a shepherd. At a young age, David was chosen and anointed by God to be king of Israel. But he didn’t become king overnight.
David had to pass through many doors before he reached his ultimate God-given assignment.
He remained a shepherd for a while until God opened a door for David to service King Saul by playing music for him in his palace. The next open door was an opportunity to help King Saul and his country by killing Goliath.
The results of that open door led to his popularity and King Saul’s jealousy. Saul tried to kill David several times. David ended up running for his life and living in caves but he managed to attract a small army of men and became their commander. Another open door.
David and his army fought and won many battles along the way gaining him notoriety as a leader and a warrior. David also had a few opportunities to kill his enemy King Saul but he didn’t walk through that door. He wanted to do things God’s way and not take matters of becoming king into his own hands.
Between the time David was anointed to be king and actually becoming king was about 15 years.
David had to go through many God-ordained doors to prepare him for the ultimate door of becoming King David. God was preparing David for his assignment.
As we read about the life of King David, we also notice many open doors that were not God-ordained but that he walked through regardless. Such as the door that led to an adulterous affair with Bathsheba and doors that led to poor parenting decisions and division in his family.
But, the good news is that God used all of the doors that David went through, good and bad, to prepare him for his purpose and to change David’s heart and draw him closer to Himself.
And that’s the same good news for you and me today. God uses the good, the bad, and the ugly, for our good, the good of others, and His glory. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.
Believe me, I know all about walking through wrong doors that have led to heartache, disappointment, and regret. But I’ve also seen how God can take all of my sins and mistakes and use them for a greater purpose.
Are you walking past open doors in search of the door to your God-given assignment? Are you waiting at the closed door to your assignment missing out on the open doors that God intends to use to prepare you for that assignment?
My prayer for you and for me is that our eyes will be open to all the opportunities God is providing to prepare us for His assignment for our lives. I pray we do not despise open doors and do not despair over the wrong doors we’ve gone through as we wait for our ultimate assignment door to open.
Isaiah 46:10-11 “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east, I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.