Leslie D. Weatherhead wrote this story.  He tells of the time when he went to see an empty house.  The doors were shut and windows tightly fastened.  He looked through the windows and could see a little of what the house was like inside.  Then, he walked around the house from the outside giving him a general idea of the floor-plan of the house.  Yet, none of this outside knowledge could tell him what the house was really like on the inside.  Then, he noticed that there was a card in the window near the front door which read, “Key next door.”  So, he went next door and obtained the key.  Then, he opened the door and went into the house and all that was vague before became clear, all that he wondered about from the outside was made plain. Before, he only knew the house in part but now that he could be inside he could know fully.

  This is true with life.  Life has upon it the sign, “Key next door.”  Doors are shut, windows closed, so our look is so partial, so lacking in understanding.  There are many things that baffle us.  We need to admit that we don’t have the answers to some heartaches, some difficulties, some problems which come to us in this world. In fact, the truth of the matter is that the more we know, the more we know we don’t know.  True learning keeps us very humble.

  The disciples of Jesus were very perplexed when Jesus told them that He was going to leave them.  In fact, it was absolutely necessary to leave them so He could send back the Holy Spirit to guide them in spiritual truth. How could they comprehend all this?  It was due to their lack of understanding that Jesus spoke such comforting words as these:  “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me, for in My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you for I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto Myself that where I am there you may be also.”   John 14:1-3

  The cross is the perfect example of “Key Next Door.”  When Jesus was crucified, killed, it looked like defeat, it felt to the disciples like defeat, to them it was defeat.  At that moment, there was no key to get into that house of darkness.  The key was next door.  They had to wait, the world had to wait, until the first day of the week before they could understand. When Christ rose from the grave by the power of God, the changed lives of the disciples showed they understood.

  Each one of us must live up to the knowledge we have and what we can learn.  But, for all that, still we don’t know, can’t understand, so we wait until the key is placed in our hand.  This takes patience and demands faith.  We must accept that we live by faith and not by sight.  Believe that there is a key next door, and for the Christian the best is yet to come. 

3 Responses to “KEY NEXT DOOR”

  1. Isn’t it just so wonderful that we have the promise that when we belong to Jesus we wil be with him one day . Thank you Max for reminding me that the Best is Yet to Come ! My God continue to bless you as you study and write these devotionals each week . He has surely blessed you with a talent of sharing His message in such a meanful way.
    Love and prayers,Joann

  2. My thanks also, Max. This reminded me of the words from the old gospel song sung by Jake Hess…..Prayer is the KEY to Heaven, but FAITH unlocks the door!

  3. Thank you Max, this is a very good example of why we just need to trust when we don’t see the whole picture. I know that God always has a reason for things that he allows to happen, no matter how hard a time we have understanding it. I have a tiny, old book by Leslie Weatherhead that I believe you mentioned in Sunday school once. “The Will of God” is a very good book and helps me understand much of this topic. Thank you for your informative and inspirational devotionals. It was good to see you this morning. Have a great week!

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