God Opens Our Gates
“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.”
Have you ever thought of the miraculous deeds that God has performed which are accounted for in the Bible? The parting of the Red Sea to let the people of Israel escape, the healing of the blind, raising Lazarus from the dead and all the other miracles He performed. This simple example in the scripture above is just another example where God showed His power and rescued the apostles. But on other occasions He did not open the gates, as we find that James, the brother of John was put to death with a sword, John the Baptist was beheaded, and many of the early apostles remained in prison and were eventually killed. Why did God open the gates for some and did not open them for others. I believe that if God chooses not to open a gate, then other means of support will be provided. James was not freed from Herod, but through his faith in Jesus Christ, James did experience heaven’s open door. God can also open our gates and free us from bondage, but does He and why not? I believe that when God does not open our gates it is because He is telling us that He has better plans for us. So often we think that the gate we want opened is the right one for us, but God knows which gate we need to enter and even though we see this gate being closed, God is opening up another gate for us, an even better gate. He is leading us on the right path, as the one that we are traveling, many times is not the one He has designed for us. When our gates do not open we need to trust and have faith in God that they are not opened for our benefit. We need to thank Him always whether we are in front of a gate waiting for it to open, or through a gate on the other side, and be grateful that He is there with us leading and guiding us in His plan for us.
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Pastor Robert William Brock
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