The game of chess consists of tactics and strategies. When playing this game, it involves a well planned and thought out process when approaching and anticipating moves not yet made. Always being one step ahead of your opponent is the object of this game. To achieve success in the match, we must rely on the pieces on the board. Nonetheless, it is a persistent battle of the mind.
Life is very much like a chess game. To be triumphant in the game of life, we cannot depend on good fortune. We must be determined and willing to learn the skills and strategies necessary to live a successful life. Just as crucial and fundamental is implementing all that we have learned. Unfortunately, many never make the effort to learn the skills and tools that are essential to deal with the world around us with victory, much like the game of chess. We must not depend on luck, but on the knowledge of our God given chess pieces. Let’s look at chess as a representation of life and in this game, we must all participate.
In the game of chess you have black and white pieces, representing the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of the light. The infamous Satan rules the kingdom of darkness where he prowls around like a roaring lion looking to deceive the kingdom of light (1 Peter 5:8). He is consistently strategizing and looking to make the perfect move to distract us from advancing the kingdom of light, which is our ultimate goal (Matt. 11:12). One of Satan’s favorite moves is to bring doubt into our minds. It’s his way of getting us to lose focus of the game.
The bible teaches us without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). In order for us to have great success and become victorious in the game of life, we have to be well balanced throughout the board. We can have faith that we’re going to win, but if we don’t balance it out by making a move towards victory the faith is useless (James 2:14). Don’t allow Satan to deceive you into thinking he has you in “Checkmate”, when in essence, he has you in “Check”. There’s still a move to be made. Turn to the king and make the move of salvation.