Master Strategist

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23, KJV.

Growing up my dad taught me how to play chess. I am still an amateur but I love spending time with him, so I will sit there for hours knowing I don’t have a winning chance against a master strategist. It doesn’t matter how many steps I think ahead he is ten steps ahead of me.

Our relationship with God is very similar. We can have our future mapped out with a step-by-step plan, but God knows the end from the beginning and He knows if the choices you are making will be detrimental or beneficial to your spiritual health. This is the reason why He asks you to step out in faith or why His answers are sometimes, “No.”

Have you ever asked God, “What is your purpose through this situation in my life?” or the all too familiar, “Why God?” More than anything I want to be led by the Lord, but what if that means my path will be lonely and interlaced with pain? My flesh hesitates when God motions me to move to an unfamiliar place. My spirit, however, feels remarkably strong most days.

One thing is certain, God wants to guide you through life, even after you make a wrong move on your life’s chessboard. Our God is a master strategist and He will direct you toward His perfect will and purpose for your life – if you will allow Him.

Prayer: God, remind me that You are the author and finisher of my faith and that You know the beginning to end. I desire righteousness and ask You to guide my every footstep and to divinely orchestrate my life because I want to be in Your perfect will. I trust You. Amen.

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