It’s interesting going down the main street of a town out of regular business hours.  Some shops choose to stay open, while others choose to close.  Usually it’s obvious.  Sometimes, however, the ‘OPEN’ sign has not been turned over, so that even though the sign says open, the store is closed.  Often there may be lights on indicating an open store when it is closed.  The only way to know for sure it to go and tug on the door.  But even that can be misleading.

    I pulled a store handle one Sunday afternoon and the door opened so I went in to look around.  The clerk then told me they weren’t really open, she had only come in to get some book work done.

    John Calvin once wrote, “No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.”  God’s salvation is always open to us.  We may not think so.  It may not look open to us, but it is.  But as with a store that we may believe closed, we need to go up and pull on the handle.  It is then that we discover His salvation is always open and open to all.

Published by Ray Richards