How many times I have heard people use the open door theology to determine Gods’ will. Now let me say, God can and does open doors for His saints to walk through but I have heard some wacky decisions because “God opened the door,” even some sinful choices because God must have wanted me to do that. Seriously? Satan provides all kinds of open doors – right into sin. So a word of caution, an open door does not necessarily mean a good decision.
For example: in 1 Samuel, the account of Saul mercilessly pursuing David to kill him. On at least a couple of occasions, David discovered Saul was right in the palm of his hand. “Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wild goats’ Rocks. And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now, David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.” 1 Samuel 24:2-3. Saul was unaware David was in the cave. David had the element of surprise in his favor and he had men around him encouraging him to take Saul out. “And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’ Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.” 1 Samuel 24:4. David was close enough to trim a corner off Saul’s robe. By all appearances God delivered Saul right into his hand. But David responded, “…”The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.” So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul.” 1 Samuel 24:6-7.
A few chapters later, 1 Samuel 26, David finds he is again has the advantage over Saul. Saul and his men are in a deep sleep. “So, David and Abishai went to the army by night. And there lay Saul sleeping within the encampment, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head, and Abner and the army lay around him. Then Abishai said to David, “God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice.” 1 Samuel 26:7-8. Again from all appearances, God has opened the door for David to kill Saul, but again David said, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless?” And David said, “As the LORD lives, the LORD will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish. The LORD forbid that I should put out my hand against the LORD’s anointed. But take now the spear that is at his head and the jar of water, and let us go.” 1 Samuel 26:9-11.
Open doors are not necessarily God’s way of saying “go this way” and they are NEVER His way to guide you if it leads towards temptation or sin. An open door never supersedes God’s Word.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.