Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

Beyond the World’s Best Chess Master

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I know how to play chess. Which means I understand the objective, I know how the pieces move around the board, and I’m lucky if I can see two moves ahead in the game. Any strategy I devise is usually thwarted by an unexpected move from my opponent. I am not a chess master.

People admire the genius of chess masters, those rare souls who can see dozens of possibilities in each move and know how to counter various attacks. If we are so quick to admire such intelligence in humans, then what excuse do we have for disliking or criticizing God? His intelligence is so far beyond the greatest chess master of the world!

Our society sees tragedies all over the globe and declares that a good God would never allow evil and suffering. They don’t understand His purposes, and they get mad. Unable to see the possibilities God sees, they decide He is capricious and not to be trusted. Or they deny His existence.

The chess master will sacrifice a rook, even a queen, and beginners don’t understand the move until they see how it results in a win. God can see a gazillion moves from every one of a trillion decisions from billions of souls. Just reading that last sentence boggles my mind! But instead of admiring this more-than-amazing genius, the world spurns it. They lift their own limited comprehension of the universe above God’s. The academic phrase for that mentality is secular humanism.

As a follower of Jesus, I admit I don’t always know what He’s accomplishing in my life, nor do I understand why so much evil is allowed in the world, but I do believe He is the God of the universe, and His wisdom surpasses any I will ever acquire. To the world who criticizes the Perfect Being who created us, I can only share Isaiah 55:8-9 with them.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV)


About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at


  1. I know some basics, but am not a chess player either! Yep, the power and sovereignty of our great God are without our grasp of it all.

  2. Unfortunately, those with a humanist viewpoint, don’t like to contemplate the fact that God is God, and they are not.

  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    Wow, what a powerful analogy Linda! I love how you said that the chess master makes a sacrifice that someone might not understand but it results in a win. What a beautiful description of what Jesus has done for us!

  4. Thank you, Laurie. I was hoping readers would make the connection.

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