This month we are looking at the Ego but I would like to change this weekâs devotion because of Easter. Last Sunday, I heard a pastor, Shanteâ Buckley, speak and I will never forget this particular service at this particular time in my life. The title of her message was âHope is Rising,â but the theme for me was âGod Has One More Move!â She told the story of a man and his wife who toured an art museum. The man was a master chess player and really didnât want to go the museum. However, when he was there looking at paintings with his wife, he walked past a painting that depicted a man playing chess with a character that represented the devil. The man had one player left on the board, the King. The devil had surrounded the King and the name of the painting was âCheck-Mate.â The master chessman was fascinated with the painting so he told his wife to continue with the tour and he would catch up with her. The woman finished the tour and came back to find her husband still gazing at the painting. He looked at her and said, this painter has it all wrong. He either needs to change the name of his painting or change the painting. He said, there is no check-mate here. The king has Got One More Move. Then this incredible preacher went on to talk about the God of Second chances. This lady was preaching it!
âWhen Daniel was in that lions den and the king came back expecting him to be dead, he called out to Daniel. Daniel shouted back to the King. My God sent his angel and he shut the mouths of the lions.â Then the pastor shouted, âthe King didnât know it but God Had One More Move!â
She went on to tell story after story of people in the Bible who had no chanceâ¦ but God Had One More Move!â
Lastly she said Jesus was crucified on Friday and they all thought it was overâ¦ They didnât know itâ¦ but God Had One More Move!â
I could not stop the flow of tears as hope swelled up in my heart at the thought of God looking at me and saying, âDonât worry, Godâs Got One More Move.â
My soul has been longing to hear that message. There have been times during the last 9 months that I thought my life was over, but on Sunday, I was reminded that even in the most challenging seasons of my lifeâ¦ God Has One More Move!â (â¦or two or three or perhaps as many as I need.)
â¢ When has God surprised you in the past and lifted you up from what seemed to be a hopeless situation?
â¢ What circumstances or relationships are you in where you are longing to believe the message that God Has One More Move?
â¢ Are you willing to risk believing in Hope? If you are, then letâs take this journey one day at a time and thank God that His Mercies are New Every Morning.
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