Are People Just Pawns In God’s Chess Game?
SCRIPTURE READING: JOB 1:13-19,NIV.
It often seems that people are caught in events beyond their control, manipulated by God or 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 of life. We can see them as God-given opportunities to co operate with His purpose and plans and by serving Him, to fulfil something far more significant than our own scheme ever could. We are more that pawns in a chess game. We can honor the Almighty by the way we live and die. Still, many unanswered questions still remain. Only God knows why dozens of by-standers had to die in this un-folding 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. One thing we can affirm, however; What seems un-fair 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. He is called the,
prince of this world,John 14:30,NIV, and ,
the ruler of the Kingdom of the air,Ephesians 2:2,NIV.. Satan can sometimes use the forces of nature, sickness, plagues, and wicked people. Though God dealt a fatal blow to Satan through Jesus’ death the Bible, and resurrection, Satan continues to struggle against God, and will do so until the end, see
There are two sides to the suffering of the righteous: 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 things eternal. 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 again
flesh and blood,Ephesians 6:12,NIV and took courage in knowing that our
citizenship is in heaven,Philippians 3:20,NIV.