The Game of Chess

James 1:2 says” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.

Have you ever played the game of Chess? If you haven’t chess is a game played between two opponents on opposite sides of a board containing 64 squares of alternating colors. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns.

Chess is not a game where one makes fast moves, it requires you to take your time. Often times one doesn’t always finish the game. They will leave it and come back to it another time, for each move is done strategic.

Here in our scripture James strongly teaches humility in God and encourages you and I to pray when we don’t know what to do next. James begins by telling us we are to find JOY during our problems. James also shares with us about perspective, he shared with us how do we see ourselves when problems arises.

Do we see ourselves as over-comers or do we see ourselves as defeated?  It’s all about perspective, what do we see when problems and challenges come our way. James is showing to change our perspective.

Remember how you and your friends would play this game for hours? What was it about this game that kept our attention? I believe it was the competitiveness that kept us playing for hours. If we lost one round we would say I want a rematch, and of course our opponent did not mind they loved it as much as we did.

But at the end of the game no matter how many times you lost or won you walked away still being friends, looking forward to tomorrow to play again. Doesn’t life at times seem like a game of checkers and chess? Always moving across the board, strategizing what your next step would be? Will it be a good move or will it be a lost for you?

How do you view the decisions in your life? James ask the question do you see yourself as an over-comer? Or do you see yourself as defeated? How one sees themseves is how they will handle decisions in their life.



James 1:2-3 says Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails for many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Where do you find joy? Are you finding it in the stuff you have? Are you seeking it in a person? Do you even know if joy is present in your life? You might think that this is a trick question but it’s not. Today I pray that you have joy and have it abundantly.


When you love the Lord, you have joy unspeakable joy in your life. When you have faith in Jesus you have joy in your life. When you trust the Lord, you have joy in your life.

Joy cannot be brought it cannot be obtain through moral mortal men. Joy comes from the Father. We tend to get confused about joy we think that when we are laughing and everything is running smooth then we have joy, and when things are difficult we say our joy is gone we don’t have joy. See that is what the enemy wants you to believe.

You can be going through a hard time and during it your joy remains intact. For we don’t walk by sight but by faith. Starting today you need to be walking in the assurance of God’s joy that only He gives. Because no one can snatch it or rob you from your joy, but if you give a person or a situation the permission to take it then guess what life will take it.