Playing Chess With God

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Sometimes life feels like playing chess with God. I am sitting on one side of the table trying to play both hands. Seated across from the Creator of the universe I strategize…figuring out what my next moves are going to be while also attempting to determine what God’s next moves are going to be

At some point I have to move my piece.

Am I making the right move? How accurately have I predicted God’s next move?

Experience would tell me that I am not nearly as good at knowing God’s next move as I like to pretend. Truth be told I am not always very good at moving my own piece much less figuring out the mind of the Omnipotent God (who already knows my move). And yet sometimes I make decisions based on what I think God will or will not do with that decisions three to five more moves down the road.

What do I do?

Here is what I do know. Make the next most faithful move you can. Don’t worry about God’s next few moves because you can’t truly predict that with a high level of accuracy anyway. Do what is right. Move your piece with integrity and trust God will take it from there.

What if writing for one publication alienates me from another section of the “brotherhood”? Does your writing honor God? Do you feel convicted you should do it? What not doing it feel like unfaithfulness? What if working in that ministry closes doors with another church in the future? God can open whatever doors He wants and closed doors are not always a bad thing. Do what is right. Don’t worry about what other people think. God will take it from there and do things that He alone has the vision to see and accomplish. God works best with those who are willing to work with Him and we work with Him best by living with integrity and faithfulness. We work with Him best when we do things to bring Him honor and glory. We work with Him best when we are so focused on Him we don’t get wrapped up in what other people think.

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