Standing at the door

By Dave Henning / August 21, 2015

“Listen!  I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.”- Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)

Today John Ortberg concludes his presentation of ten common myths about doors in Chapter 4 of All the Places to Go.

9.  God is so powerful and omniscient that he could never empathize with my angst over closed doors.  Over a century ago William Holman Hunt created a painting showing the figure of a single man standing outside a small home he wants to enter, knocking at the door.  It’s unclear if there’s anyone inside to open the door.

Every human being has been given the door to their own heart by God, but God won’t force Himself in.  God doesn’t just open doors, He stands knocking at closed doors.  If the most rejected person in history is patiently standing at the door and knocking, how can we give up?

10.  Some doors are so closed, not even God can do anything about them.  Pastor Ortberg notes that locked doors are God’s specialty.  If God can open the heavy door of Jesus’ sealed tomb, no circumstantial door is closed to him.  John encourages:

“The doors of our lives are not closed to God.  He has the power to enter into our circumstances and grace us with his presence.”

Today’s question: Which of the ten myths have been most problematic for you?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Decidophobia”

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Dave Henning


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