Job 23:10 – “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”
God knows everything we do. Nothing is hidden from His sight. God puts us in trying situations to help us to be stronger individuals useful for His service. Imagine the condition of Noah and his family. They lived among evil people, who sinned against God. God wanted to rescue Noah and his family as Noah was righteous. When God brought the Flood on the earth, He instructed Noah and his family along with pairs of animals to enter in the ark and God closed the door of the ark (Gen. 7:16). Noah was not sure when the door would be opened. It rained and poured for 40 days and 40 nights, and the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days (Gen. 7:24). After the earth was dried, God said to Noah, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth” (Gen. 8:16). Noah was willing to endure the uncertainty that laid ahead. Noah built an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings with clean animals.
When you are in a situation where your door is closed, believe that God has closed it for you. God will open the door in His appointed time. He wants you to be prepared for the journey that lies ahead of you. You will have to go through series of trials and tests like Job had to face. But the end result is to be transformed in the image of His son Jesus. Paul said, “we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom. 5:3-5). James 1:3-4 says, “…the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Remember that God is more interested in your character formation than solving your life’s passing problems.