In the Hallway


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There’s a saying, “When God closes one door, He will open another.”

I believe that. But my husband and I have been in the hallway waiting for another door to open for quite some time now. What do we do while we are waiting? One answer is found in the book of Acts.

A little background first. Jesus had ascended to heaven (Mark 16:19). The disciples were in Jerusalem. Jesus told appeared to them and told them to wait for the helper/advocate (Acts 1:4).

What were the disciples doing while they were waiting?

Acts 1:12-26.

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”

18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:

“‘May his place be deserted;
    let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and,

“‘May another take his place of leadership.’

21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

The selection of Matthias is significant. We must pass the torch on to the next believer to carry on the mission of the church. Matthias was one of the many men who also followed Christ from the beginning of His ministry (Acts 1:21–22). Matthias had been tutored by our Lord. He had grown up in faith, so to speak. It was time for Matthias to take a leadership position. We must pass the torch to succeeding generations.

Waiting does not mean we are idle. If you seem to be “stuck” you can still work for the Lord. There’s a lost world waiting for us to reach out to them. Use your gifts and talents while you wait upon the Lord.

Perhaps God is preparing you for a different door.

Walk In His Light,

Julie

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14 thoughts on “In the Hallway

      • Hi sis. No I am would not repost it I want copy and print and become my treasure 🙂 I believe some day I will need it. And when I re-read or use your devotional I would not forget to mention your name and your blog. Blessing to you sis!

  1. Hi Julie 🙂
    As I read this, what came to mind is that some of us have not completed our last task, so God doesn’t give further instruction until then. So even being busy in waiting, we have to make sure that we have completed what we know for sure God has said….

    Blessings
    JC

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    • JC, Thank you for your comment. That is such a wise consideration. We should remember that – maybe we aren’t finished with the last task. – Actually, I was referring to my husband’s job loss and waiting for a new one. But there are things we should be doing while waiting on instructions from God.
      Great comment. Blessings on your day.

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  2. Waiting in the hallway for one of those doors to open is probably one of the most difficult tasks God gives to us. This is the walk of faith. How many times instead of waiting patiently, I have taken a battering ram to one or more of those doors instead of recognizing that behind me, a door was already opened! We can be so easily duped by the enemy that we don’t need God but can move ahead without Him. And God, in His infinite mercy, allows us to do so, only to teach us that we chose the wrong door! And then He brings us back to Him. My prayer for you is that as you wait patiently, you will keep your eyes on Jesus, “The author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2)
    I enjoy reading your posts. They challenge my thinking and my walk with God.

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  3. Thank you for posting this! When my husband and I were first diagnosed with infertility, a dear friend prayed that God would open doors for us. At the time, I was unemployed and the door that God opened for me was a new job, with benefits that included 100% insurance coverage for fertility treatments, including IVF. I’m still waiting on God for the baby, but in the meantime, I have a very worthwhile job teaching children and though it isn’t what I want to to most, I know I’m still doing God’s work.

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    • You will be in my prayers. My children are 8 years apart – not by choice. Waiting for a baby is a hard thing to do. It sounds like you are doing it with grace. Relax in God’s arms. He will give you an answer. It might not be the answer you expect, but it will be a blessing.

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  4. I will be praying for your husband’s job opportunity to be where the LORD wants Him to be. What is really neat, (and I have no idea if you would be called to do this) but a friend of mine posted on facebook they are looking for someone called to ministry to take over leadership of an orphanage. I believe the orphanage may be in Ecuador. I will lift you and your family up to the LORD.

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    • Thank you Toni, that means a lot.
      I think we’re called to do something with the Bible Study that is about to be published. I’m a little nervous, but it may mean speaking to women’s groups and doing retreats. I’ll know more in November when it is published.
      Until then, I will keep your friend’s ministry in my prayers.
      Blessings,
      Julie

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      • IF, and only IF you feel led, you can learn a little bit about the ministry on my friends facebook page: “Rich Brown – Anyone called and w a passion to run an orphanage? We have a big need. Let us know.” I pray your Bible Study will be published and well received. 🙂

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