Years ago I saw the movie Amazing Grace in theaters. It tells the true story of William Wilberforce and his fight to end the slave trade throughout the British empire. It is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen and is one I regularly rewatch. This past fall I read a biography on Wilberforce and my immense admiration for him grew even more.
Wilberforce was a man of great convictions, who refused to back down in his fight for what he knew to be right. He dealt with intense health battles, political opposition, attacks on his character and yet he persisted.
In the movie, we are given a glimpse into the friendship between Wilberforce and Prime Minister Pitt. Pitt faced his own health problems, and on his deathbed we see him encouraging Wilberforce. He tells him that the political tide is turning and that the next time Wilberforce presents his antislavery bill, he will be “pushing at an open door.” This scene always brings me to tears. After eighteen years, Wilberforce was finally going to see his dream come true. Slavery was finally going to be abolished.
Yesterday I was thinking about something and suddenly the phrase “pushing at an open door” dropped into my spirit.
I believe this word is for me. I believe this is a word for my heath, that I have battled for for years with my prayers, my tears. But I believe it is a word for more than just me. I believe there are many of us right now finding ourselves in a season of asking “How much longer, God?” God has not given up on you. He has not given up on your situation. He has not given up on our country. He has not given up on His church. Keep pressing, keep praying, keep believing. One of these days, and I pray it is soon, you will be pushing at an open door.
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