“When God closes a door he opens a window.”
From what I’ve found, this isn’t in the Bible. I do know it’s in the Sound of Music film. It’s spoken by Mother Abbess midway through the movie. While Mother Abbess is depicted as a woman of God, I don’t think that qualifies this saying as Scripture.
An example of God saying “No” to one thing and having his follower go another way is in Acts 16:6-12. Paul and company were heading to Bithynia but they weren’t allowed to. Instead they went to Macedonia.
Sometimes Revelation 3:7 is used to justify this saying. It says, “Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia: ‘The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says:'” That seems like a stretch to me, and doesn’t really support this saying.
Truth takeaway: While it sounds good and God can work anything however he wants, this saying isn’t in the Bible. It isn’t supported Scripturally either.
Freedom takeaway: A lot of these sayings that I cover sound great. Some are Biblically supported. Others are almost heretical. Let’s walk in the freedom provided by the truth of the Scriptures, not in fortune cookie sayings that sound religious.