Did God just close that door or should you persevere?

I recently had an “experience” where I started questioning what God was doing (or not doing for that matter). Honestly, I didn’t know if He was closing the door or if He was waiting to see if I would push through and persevere.

As I walked through this experience, I couldn’t help but to think about the movie, “Joy.” Joy is a movie about a very patient and dedicated, divorced mother who is not only struggling to provide for her family, but is living amongst a very dysfunctional family. The movie takes you on a journey as she invents a new kind of mop and the MANY obstacles she faces as she markets it to American moms.

One of the many obstacles she faced was that of rejection. After pitching her mop to the head of QVC, he turns her down. But here’s what I love, she didn’t let that stop her. She goes back to QVC and convinces one of the founders to showcase her product on the show. And even though he agrees, he gives the job of selling the mop to one of his top salesman, not Joy. And as you can imagine, it ended up flopping.

But once again, we see Joy come through. Instead of believing that this was it, she once again convinces QVC to sell her mop, but this time, she wanted to sell it herself on live TV; even with NO personal selling experience. She refused to let that door close.

To make a long story short, because of her perseverance, determination and steadfast belief in her product, talent and calling, her mop ends up selling very well.

As I thought about this movie, I couldn’t help but to think, “what if she had given up? What if she decided that the founder at QVC was right, no American woman would want this product? What if she just decided to move onto something else? What would her life have looked like?”

And as I pondered these questions, I started thinking about my own current situation and even past experiences. And then I started thinking about God and what He would say. Was God closing a door in my life or did He want me to persevere? Honestly, I just wasn’t sure.

And then I started thinking about you. I started thinking about the many posts and messages I get and see on a daily basis. Many of you asking questions like:

  • Did God really call me to this business? If God called me, then why do the doors keep closing? Why am I not making any kind of an income?
  • Did God call me to write? If He did, then why do I keep getting rejected?
  • Did God really tell me that I would be a mother one day? If He did, then why isn’t it happening?
  • Did God really want me to marry this man? If He did, then why is it so hard? Why do we keep arguing and why are we so distant?
  • Did God really call me to move to this new city? If He did, then why am I so lonely?

As I continued thinking through these questions, I came across a story of perseverance in the Bible:

Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’

“He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”

Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” ~Luke 18:1-8

And then, I came across these two Scriptures:

So do not throw away your confidence; it holds a great reward. You need to persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Maybe today, you find yourself wondering if God is closing a door or if He’s waiting for you to persevere. Based on the Scriptures above, here are some things to consider:

  • Do not throw away your confidence: Do you remember when God first called you? Do you remember the peace, joy and excitement you felt? Do you remember how confident you felt that God was calling you? If so, think back on that time. Think back to what God showed you and shared with you. During the hard times, during the obstacles, we need not throw our confidence out the door. If you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has called you, don’t lose site of the confidence that you once had because it’s that confidence that will help you persevere and if you will persevere during these hard times, you will receive what He has promised.
  • Don’t become weary: I know how hard it can be to keep doing the right thing and yet, never see any kind of return. But if God has called you, then you must keep moving forward. Just because God hasn’t answered you like you thought He would, in your timing, doesn’t mean that He’s not working. The calling of God doesn’t just magically happen overnight. Honestly, it takes time. Think about it:

Moses: Was in the desert for 40-years! But yet, he kept moving forward, even when the Israelites were giving up. He persevered even when everyone around him was ready to give up. He refused to become weary in doing good.

Noah: Some say it took 55 years to build the ark. Can you imagine the perseverance it took to keep moving forward in building that HUGE boat when there was no rain in site? Can you imagine the people that were probably mocking him and thinking that he was nothing but a crazy old man? He refused to become weary in doing good.

Joseph: How can we forget Joseph, the teenage boy who had a big dream and then all of sudden, it was turned upside down. Life did not turn out how he thought it would. But yet, he refused to become weary in doing good.

Friend, don’t become weary in doing good.

  • Pray consistently and never quit: Much like the story of the widow, we must pray consistently and never quit. You may be in a spot right now where you are wondering whether or not God is closing a door or if He just wants you to persevere. The best way to know the answer to this is to pray consistently and to never quit praying. I can promise you, the more you pray and the more you get quiet before God, the more He will show you what He’s doing; you’ll experience clarity. That clarity will override the questions, worry and confusion that you once felt.

I know how hard it can be to discern God’s leading at times. But what I also know is that God is faithful; He will not drag His feet as you continue being persistent in prayer, He will step in and answer you. And most importantly, He will give you a peace; a peace that passes all understanding. A peace that will clearly let you know if He is closing a door or wanting you to push through and persevere.

Friend, keep praying and don’t quit. God will clearly show you what to do, where to go, and what to stay focused on. And when you do, you will receive what He has promised.

Are you in a place right now where you’re wondering if God is closing a door or asking you to persevere? If so, feel free to share below; I would love to join you in prayer.

Jen Bennett

Dr. Jen Bennett is the Inspirational Communication Specialist and Project Manager at iBloom. Jen’s passion is helping businesses, ministries and individuals, #BeWorthFollowing. Jen enjoys speaking, training, and writing on all things that inspire and help leaders build a digital footprint and personal brand that is different and that helps them stand out and influence people in a crowded and noisy social media world.

Comments

  1. Very good post. I have been in and out of that place of questioning my calling. At times I wondered if the prophetic words spoken over me were just wrong, if my ability to hear God was a tangled mess and if I was moving forward out of self ambition or a true heart to serve God and people. I was dismissed from a worship team I served for many years by a new incoming pastor years ago with no explanation. I could have questioned leadership, but I quietly walked away. This, with other of life’s difficulties, made me question myself even more! BUT GOD! I ran to the throne over and over again. I laid myself out for Him to search my heart for any errant ways. I dove into the word. I worshipped in spite of my rejection. And God came in so many ways to pick me up, encourage me to move forward, to walk in my calling in spite of my hurt feelings, and sent messengers to remind me of who I am. I am on the other side and I am CONFIDENT of who I am in Christ FIRST. Whatever He has for me to do falls behind that identity (and that list is expanding). I am a worshipper, yes. But now, I am a Warrior tried and true. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. When you have walked through fire with God you develop stronger faith, perseverance, trust, and a much deeper well of grace & forgiveness for others. It’s real, it’s solid…. you aren’t just trying these things on for size anymore…. they are who you become. Give God an invitation and He will lead you through to your destiny. Mine is still unfolding, redirecting, and I believe it will until I part this life. Blessings to you!

    • Oh how I LOVE this Sandy! You are absolutely on point! When you say, “I ran to the throne over and over again. I laid myself out for Him to search my heart for any errant ways. I dove into the word. I worshipped in spite of my rejection,” that right there is what makes the difference! Thank you so much for sharing! Wise words!

    • Dear Sandy, I just wanted to encourage you by saying that we are transformed through our trials. Keep on keeping on :))

  2. I think it’s a matter of discerning if God is closing a door or man. I know in my life when God shuts the door I can feel the permanence of it. With man, it feels like a hurdle. When I’ve tried to reopen a God-shut door, I exhaust myself and just spin my wheels. When I relent and move away, I can feel the shift into His will. Case in point, my husband has had some mental health issues this year which resulted in about three months of hospitalization. He’s been out of work for over a year and after he was admitted I set to work marshaling my friends to get our house up for sale. Six months later houses are selling around us but not ours. I had screaming matches with God in the car (not helpful). He’s home and progressing in recovery but still unable to work full time. We only need him to have a part time job because I make a great living so, in a step outside of my natural thinking, we are taking our house off the market and I’m doubling down on my husband and his abilities. As soon as we started acting on that decision I felt a shift back into Gods will.

    • LOVE reading how God is working in and through your life. And yes, we have to be able to discern if it’s God shutting a door or man and the way to really discern that is by being close to Him and seeking Him consistently; that makes all the difference. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Robin Puchala says:

    That would be about my business. I started out working towards being a Nonprofit Consultant & Grantwriter, but I got nothing but closed doors, the lady who partnered with me broke our contract & nothing went well. I prayed & sought the Lord! And truly felt He 2anted me to do my second option, Life Coaching, but I needed training & preferrably certification. Suddenly doors are opening for generic free training & I am hoping for scholarships or something to open up so I can put this together in excellence & offer even greater value to my consumers…tribe!😀

  4. Hi Jen,
    This post has encouraged me so much today. I do feel at times that my breakthrough may not happen but lately I started spending more time praying and reading the word to keep me focused. Please come into agreement with me in prayer for a major breakthrough in my life coaching business in relation to creating products and coaching services and a flood of clients that God will align to work with me in Jesus name. Amen!

  5. I have been struggling with this very much. My husband left our family almost 2 years ago and filed for divorce. We are both Christians, but he is running from God and His will. Our divorce was finalized 10 weeks ago and I am struggling with the choice of continuing to stand for restoration of our marriage. There are no other people involved, but a lot of anger and bitterness. Trying to hear God and figure out if He wants me to keep standing or move on with my life gracefully. There are so many different opinions from Christians, I just want to do what the Lord wants me to do.

    • Keep pursuing God Karen. As you continue praying consistently, He will give you a clear answer. Hang in there, keep trusting and keep believing that He will come through for you.

  6. I’ve planned a wedding, gotten married, moved farther away than I ever have been from my family and about to take a new teaching job….this all happening in a matter of 6 weeks. There’s no doubt that this was God’s will…. everything fell into place…every single thing. So, I get married, I move and now I’m about to start the job. I’m scared to death. The expectations are so out there. I honestly don’t think I’ll see my husband much because of all the demands. There are no excuses. It’s a wonderful school. Everyone has great things to say but I have a fear of failing and disappointing everyone. So, I question God. I know this is where I’m suppose to be, so why is it so hard? My stomach has been in knots since I went to the first meeting at work and I haven’t eaten much. I’ve prayed so hard for peace over it but the fear of the unknown comes over me. Please pray for me.

  7. This was so much a need to read this evening. Not necessarily about starting a job myself but my husbands job he had for 6yrs was closing so he took another job with a huge pay cut but in this day and time it was a job and we were told potential to make more but that is not working out. A job opened up and interviewed for and was offered a job and an amount that was more than we have made together over the last few years which is a answer to prayers and the offer even said it is probaby not enough for his experience but it is all they can do at this time. But our daughter with special needs will be graduating soon and there is not a day program for her and I don’t have a flexible job to take care of her and we can’t afford any kind of programs for her. So this job was huge answer to prayer which would allow me to become stay home mom when she graduates so a burden and prayer we have had was also answered but within a few hours the offer had been rescinded with no explanation. So we just are having such a hard time understanding if God is closing the door totally or just at this time.

    • I’m so sorry Missie that you are having to go through this. I’m believing that God is going to open up an even better opportunity for your family. Keep trusting, keep believing and don’t stop praying. He will take care of you and your family.

  8. Michelle rhault says:

    I’m in a rocky relationship. I’m moving forward at a much faster pace than my fiance. My relationship with God is getting so much stronger. I have goals and priorities in place. He does not. People around me are constantly telling me to end things, how do you put up with this or that. It’s now even harder because I made the decision to stop putting in all of my extra time commuting out of state to get him. 3 days a week he works where I am, but every other day he is an hour and a half away. I used to do the trip 3 or 4 days a week. I now only go once. It’s so stressful, but I’ve been praying hard and I don’t see God telling me to end it just yet. I’m starting to slowly see some changes in his thinking patterns, but sooner or later I may have to end things if he doesn’t make an effort to put god 1st and me 2nd. Right now he’s doing neither. I’ve had 2 years of this, but I love him so much. I’m proud of myself for putting god 1st and regrouping my priorities towards who I need to be. But I could use some prayers. I know I’m praying hard for answers on do I let the door close or do I persevere.

  9. Thank you so much for this post which I came across through the Facebook page of KDE. The title of this post is exactly where I am at the moment. I keep reminding myself that I heard God about blogging and writing a book. With a singing voice that can best be described as croaking, He gives me songs as well as craft ideas! Your post made me smile as I read Heb 10: 35-36. It’s one of my favourite scriptures when I’m at my wits end. It’s always nice to be reminded of God’s promises; thank you for taking the time to do so.

    Stay wonderfully blessed :))

  10. This is really for me today. Other things keep telling me to be quiet and wait on God as I wait to see whether I carry on as I am building business or go to discipleship school. I had a rainbow for business and peace the whole day I went to visit the school. Don’t feel I fit in church where I am and feel it will be more stressful since I chose to rest instead of going to a wedding. Don’t want to run away which is my habit but want to belong somewhere with quiet space and spiritual support. A prayer for clarity really welcome!

    • You got it Sophie! I’m believing that God will give you that clarity that you are longing for and that He will clearly show you which path to journey on. Blessings to you!

  11. I’m so glad you shared this because I’ve been questioning this subject. I work at a Pregnancy Care Center and I have been through a big storm for the last year. It was discovered last year that a employee was misusing funds. Through the trails of that, I was places as the Interim director. I did feel God called me to this and gave me wisdom like I never had. Much to my shock I discovered I was not being given the position. After heartbreak and prayer, I felt like God was calling me to stay so I did. For the past 4 months, I have questioned weather it was God or myself. After reading this story, I feel God is encouraging me through this. Thank you for being obedient to share this.

Share Your Heart

*