This is worth some thought. Persistance is something I admire and it’s interesting I came across it this afternoon after reading this on Hannah. Yes there are times when the answer simply is no. It’s a good thing to still have hope, God’s plan is for good and not harm.
Interestingly, though Christians today speak of doors that are closed, Scripture does not. The need for open doors certainly implies the existence of some that are closed. But that doesn’t seem to be the mentality of Paul. If he were sovereignly prevented from pursuing a plan, and yet the plan itself was sound, he simply waited and tried again later. He did not view a blocked endeavor as a closed door sign from God that his plan was faulty.” – Friesen (Decision Making and the Will of God)
Am I the only one who thought you were referring to your sister the first time I read “Hannah” there?
It’s certainly worth thinking about! I think that for some people “Closed Doors” is a bit of a coping mechanism where things haven’t turned out right, whereas for others it can be based on not being sure that you’re hearing from God in the first place, and so if the plan doesn’t come off on the first go – you’re pretty keen not to stuff it up twice. I guess it’d be really nice to have Paul’s certainty in what God is saying to you as well.