19th February 2014

God’s Open Door Policy 

“If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.”
Job 23:3-4 (NIV)
 

Many companies and organisations today operate some form of open door policy. The idea is that every manager’s door is open to every employee. The purpose of this policy is to encourage open communication and discussion about matters of importance to an employee. It also gives the employer an opportunity to discuss the rationale for company practices, processes and decisions. Ideally, employees are free to talk with any manager at any time. Although open door policies are intended to encourage and instill a sense of transparency and openness, experience has shown that some employees hesitate to speak their mind and be open, for fear of intimidation, criticism or censure. 

Many people think like Job that God is remote and inaccessible, that we cannot discuss important issues with him. They assume that most, if not all of the time, he operates a closed door policy. At the death of Jesus the curtain which was drawn across the entrance to the most Holy Place in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. By this action God was signifying that, through the work of Jesus, he was now operating an open door policy. God’s purpose in Jesus was “…through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:20) All humanity has been reconciled to God in Christ. The door to the creator and manager of the universe is now open to all, Christians and non-Christians alike, and can be accessed through prayer. 

Some find their own weaknesses and frailties to be a discouragement from taking up God’s offer, for fear of his criticism or censure. But as the apostle Paul stated, “…God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:19) Whatever our imperfections are, we are always accepted and loved by God—his door is always open. The only barriers to God are those that we erect ourselves. In view of this, as the author of Hebrews wrote, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”. (Hebrews 4:16) 

Prayer
Father we thank you that, despite our frailties, we can come to you in prayer at any time and find mercy and grace in times of need.
Amen
 

Study by Eddie Marsh

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eddiemarshAbout the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends the Sheffield congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, Grace Communion, Sheffield.

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Grace Communion, Sheffield
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One Response to “19th February 2014”

  1. Elizabeth on February 19th, 2014 4:24 pm

    Thank you for your study. For me personally it is a timely reminder that God has opened the door for us!

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