Pawns on God's Chess table?

3:26 PM at 3:26 PM

Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with a friend that I haven't seen in almost 2 years. As you might imagine we had some "catching up" to do! We had a conversation that ended up delving into some deep and difficult issues. The question that was posed to me was, "Are we simply pawns on God's chess table?" I discovered that perhaps many people struggle with life and what sometimes seems like a fate that is already laid out for us.

It happens to almost all of us... we all have our times when we have questions on why God does things the way He does. Ahhh, that question... WHY?

The Old Testament... Why?
Why would God ask the nation of Israel, God's people to go through all the trouble of obeying the law of Moses? The laws that deal with participating in animal sacrifices, in strict codes of conduct, dietary laws and lifestyles. Why?
Especially if He knew all the time that He was going to come down to earth, manifest Himself in the form of man and die to offer a reasonable means of salvation for mankind?

I think this simple analogy sheds some light on God's thought process (remember, we are created in the image of God).

The parents of an unruly young toddler are a bit fed up with little Johnny not heeding the warnings to stay away from the hot stove. Time after time, they warn him, threaten to punish him and sternly inform him of the consequences of playing around the hot furnace.

After some time and another instance of little Johnny heading towards the stove, Dad stops Mom from another disciplinary tactic and says, "No, let him go... he needs to learn for himself."

Sometime, we just need to learn some lessons for ourselves.

We can all attest to this fact! I submit that God knew/knows us better than we know ourselves. The law clearly illustrated to man that we are unable to attain salvation solely on our own abilities! We need divine intervention! God knew that the law would fail. The Old Testament is laced with Messianic prophecies. It was all a part of the plan!

We have to recognize the difference between the man-creation and the angel-creation.

Angels were created for one purpose. They never had a choice... they fit into the pawn mold perfectly. But God wasn't satisfied with this creation. He turned His attention to His latter creation, man, or a true worshiper.

He couldn't have the kind of relationship He wanted with the angels that He had obtained with man. It all comes down to the power He gave us... the power to choose.

Faith
James 2:20 "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

Works? I wonder if this word was intended to imply a conscious decision? The bottom line is we choose to have faith.

Faith is not something you are born with. Faith is not something anyone else can give to you. It's our own personal power of creation. We choose to believe in something, and because we do believe, it becomes very real to us.

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

I choose to be a Christian... I choose to know God...

That is why I have a real relationship with Him.