By Rune B. Hansen
Giving everything to God, such as our problems, anxieties, worries, dreams, desires, selfish ambitions, etc. can be difficult. Yet He wants us to do this, so that He can have it all, and fill those spaces in our lives (from worry to peace, anger to joy, bitterness to rejoicing, etc.).
It can be likened to a chess game.
There, you have two opposing parties. On the one side, you have God’s white pieces, ready to assist us with the things that occupy too much in our lives. On the other hand, we have our black pieces, that might fill too much in our lives. They represent the many things that God wants us to give over to Him (as mentioned above).
God wants us to make a move. If we make a move towards Him, and say, “I want you to have this,” then God will make a move towards us, and soon take that piece out of the game. It no longer belongs to us but to Him (He now fills this spot). As we continue to move, He will deal with these “chess pieces,” or issues, one at a time (or several). He has many good and brilliant moves ahead to make on our behalf when we come to Him.
In the end, when all is said and done, no matter what, the victory will be His. He has already won the battle for our lives (on the cross), and if we have said “yes to Jesus,” He will be glorified through that. So, we might as well give over our “pieces” now, and not keep them to ourselves. It would only be in vain.
If then, we have given everything over to God, He now fills everything in us, and on the “chess board” of our lives. He wants us to bring everything to Him, that He may fill it, be glorified by this, and bring His peace into play.
We can come as little children, and certainly should. (Matthew 18:3).
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