Are We Just Pawns in God’s Chess Game?

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It often seems that people are caught in events beyond their control.  People find themselves being manipulated by God or by Satan.  They may feel forced into situations they would not choose if they were given a chance.  While this seems unfair, there is another way.  A higher way to interpret the circumstances that life brings our way.  We can see them as God-given opportunities to cooperate with his purpose and plans and, by serving Him, to fulfill something far more significant than our own schemes ever could.  We are more than pawns in a chess game.  We can honor the Almighty God by the way we live our lives.

I would like to take a second and take a look at this bible passage from the book of Job:

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

                                                                                Job 1:13-19

After reading this passage, there are many unanswered questions that remain.  Only God knows why dozens of bystanders had to die in this unfolding drama between Satan and God.  We struggle with the fact that some who are righteous have short, tragic lives while others who are wicked enjoy wealth and long life.  On thing we can be sure of however: What seems unfair in this life will be made right in eternity.  Our problems will be resolved and many of our questions answered.

God has permitted Satan certain freedoms.  Satan is called the “prince of this world” in John 14:30 and “the ruler of the kingdom of the air” in Ephesians 2:2.  Satan can sometimes use the forces of nature, sickness, plagues, and wicked people.  Though God dealt a fatal blow to Satan through Jesus’ death and resurrection, Satan continues to struggle against God, and will do so until the ens as Romans 16:20 tells us.

There are two sides to the suffering of the righteous in this world.  That is the earthly and the heavenly.  The apostle Paul understood the tension of living in a corrupt world as one controlled by the Spirit.  He placed his trust in God and eternal things (God’s justice, mercy, and love), not in the temporary things of this world (success, wealth, and fame).  Paul recognized that our struggle is not against the “flesh and blood” of this world as described in Ephesians 6:12 and so he took courage in knowing that our “citizenship is in heaven” as described in Philippians 3:20.

If we really lived our lives each day with our eventual goal being heaven, it would really transform how we looked at the things of this world.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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