Playing Chess

Peter proclaimed in Acts 10 that “In truth, I see that God shows not partiality…every nation who fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” Isaiah reminds us to seek the Lord while he may be found and to call upon him while he is near. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts nor our ways his ways. God’s thoughts are so much higher than ours. His thoughts are as high as the heavens above the earth. We cannot even comprehend that statement.

Why then, if we know this about God, do we try to run our own lives? We plan our lives like moves on a chess board and hopefully we will win with a check mate. But as Christians we shouldn’t try to run our lives that way. It isn’t if we can out smart our opponent and win, it is are we letting God move the pieces in our lives. Sometimes our actions cause major damage to ourselves and to others but if we had allowed God to make the move we might have had a totally different outcome.

God doesn’t want to control us like a game of chess. He want to help us become more like Him. He desires the very best for us and if we would recognize his guidance and submit to him we would know his presence and purpose for us. We cannot really comprehend that, we just want to be a part of it.

Author: Karen Epp

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