Have you ever found yourself in a troubling situation and looked for a doorway out? I suspect most people have at some point in their life.
Often times to make matters worse the position we find ourselves can be our own doing. This is probably the hardest part. It’s one thing to find yourself between a rock and a hard spot, it’s another thing to have caused it.
In the Old Testament, Israel found herself in this position time and time again. They usually followed a predictable cycle of sin, repentance and restoration.
In the book of Hosea the Lord makes an interesting promise to Israel. He promises to lead Israel to the desert to commune with them. He also says,
“There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.” Hosea 2:15
In Hebrew the word Achor means trouble.
The Lord promised to turn their troubles into doors of hope. A door separates one room from another and it separates that which is outside from that which is inside. A door is a passageway into something different.
In other words, your troubles are not the end, but a doorway for something great. The key factor is allowing God into your troubles.