One of the greatest barriers to knowing God’s will is what I call Christian fatalism. Lazy Christians typically say things like, “If God wants it to happen, it will happen.” This is nothing less than shunning one’s own responsibility. In the words of the old song, “Que sera sera. Whatever will be will be.” If there are problems, they say, “The door's shut.”
But many times, it’s not. It just appears that way. Paul said, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Cor. 16:9, emphasis added). Many would have said, “The door is closed in Ephesus.” But Paul saw an open door with “many who oppose me” (NIV). Christians too often stop short of God’s perfect will because a situation looks difficult. The door’s closed, they think, when in reality it is wide open and Satan has jammed the doorway with adversaries to keep the Christian out. God’s way is seldom the easiest way. The devil invests a lot of energy throwing obstacles in the way of doors God has opened. He wants to convince you they are closed.
But Jesus is “He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.” He says, “I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” (Revelation 3:7-8). It is tragic when a believer turns away from an open door simply because he has been opposed by Satan.