A man was walking through an art museum, when he suddenly stopped. In front of him was a painting that portrayed two individuals playing the game of chess. The man, being a chess champion was intrigued, and studied the piece of art with intense focus. The title of the painting was “Checkmate”. In the game of chess that means the king is about to be overcome, and there is nothing he can do about it. “Checkmate”, is a word that indicates or announces, you’re done. It’s over. It may even invoke fear.
Do you feel as though someone, or circumstances has recently said, “Checkmate” to you? Is your heart being gripped by fear? I was watching the news the other day, and heard how many people are still unemployed, and are being threatened of losing their dwelling place, and worst yet, are hunger challenged. I don’t like to see anyone suffer, and if it hurts me I know it must hurt God. Yes, God has emotions. Where do you think we got ours as we are created in his image.
There is truth in saying that “some” people create their own problem(s) by how they live, or by what they do with their money, but now is not the time to give a lecture when they are already on their knees. We can only hope they dislike their circumstances so much they make drastic change as soon as they can. In other words, they find a glimmer of hope, and they hang on to that hope, because truth is, there may not be anything else to hold on to. The kind of hope that can eliminate fear. The kind of hope that can only be found in Jesus who is the King of Kings!
The chess expert in the museum cried out,
“This painting is incorrectly titled!”
The museum curator came rushing over to see why the man was making such an outrageous claim. “Sir, why do you claim it is titled wrong?” asked the curator. “Because I have looked at every possibility, and the king has one more move that will cause his opponent to be checkmated!” The piece of art is now in a private collection.
You see, when you place your hope, your trust and faith in the King, you don’t ever have to worry about it being over, for the King of Kings always has one more move.
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