© JoAnn Reno Wray

There’s no doubt in my mind, God has a sense of humor. When I had my prayer and devotional time recently, I couldn’t help talking to the Almighty about the many news stories I’d seen on television as well as read in periodicals.

One topic stood out: “How to save money.” This made me chuckle because I was brought up to save, find ways to cut corners, and cut coupons and use them. As a result, it has always struck me as exhibiting behavior bordering on three french fries short of a “Happy Meal” when anyone (including and especially the government) spends money that isn’t there or couldn’t be paid back in weeks instead of decades.

My daughter called that same day. In the middle of our conversation she raised her voice to that “I-am-Mom-and-You-Kids-Better-Listen-Up” level directed at her brood of three. “Are you coming in or playing outside? Make up your minds! Don’t leave the door hanging open and let all the warm air out.”

I flashed back on my Dad yelling at us five kids, “Were you born in a barn? Shut the door! We aren’t heating the outdoors. I’m not made of money!” I smiled remembering  Roger and I repeating the same command to our children. I’d be shocked if my grandfathers and great grandfathers hadn’t shouted similar statements at their offspring.

My Bible reading that day was Malachi, chapter one. When I got to verse ten, I laughed right out loud. In my mind’s eye I could see God chuckling. I was certain I could hear Him saying, “See? Nothing is new under the sun and my children do follow after their Father. . . at least some of the time!” The verse in the NIV reads:

“Oh that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar!
I am not pleased with you,”says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands.”

God truly is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the door that is sturdy, ever protecting, and never changing. He’s always faithful, supplying all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

And just like earthly fathers he expects us to do the things we can do – like shutting doors to keep out cold winds– especially those that threaten to extinguish the fires on our hearts’ altars to Him.


Father God,

Help us see the joy in each day. Guide us with your wisdom and grace. Pour out upon our hearts and minds the assurance of your provision for all we need for life and godliness. We shut the door against all the windy threats of the enemy as he attempts to exalt himself against you in our lives. Thank you for training us up as your children, giving us a future of hope and warmth in your everlasting arms.

Amen and So Be It!

JoAnn Reno Wray
Broken Arrow, OK

3 thoughts on “SHUT THE DOOR!

  1. Your devotional reminded me of my own father telling us to “Shut the Door!” and I couldn’t help but laugh myself. Great job!

    Dana Feero
    Fellow Writer for Christ

  2. Joanne, I truly enjoyed this post as it took me back to my own childhood and my mom telling her 5 to “shut the door!” Thank God we belong to a Heavenly Father who is concerned about everything that concerns us, even closed doors!

    Blessings to you always and thank you for sharing your gift!

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