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Some compare life to a game of chess. Two players are involved and each studies and considers each move as it can affect the outcome of the game. The game is won, one move at a time. Each move determines directions and directions determine destinations. During all chess games you will hear someone whisper, “It’s Your move.” I thought, “This could be compared to the game of life with the Lord.” As in chess the Lord could say, “It’s your move.” Why? Because we determine our relationship to God. You are as close as you want to be. In the car the wife said, “I remember when we sat close together.” As he drove he said, “I didn’t move.” Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with the Lord. When you are not close to the Lord, He could say, “I did not move.” Scriptures say, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James. 4:8).

Notice the Lord responds after you respond. Your sins separate you from God (Isa. 59:2). He says, “Turn ye unto me … and I will turn unto you” (Zech. 1:3). If you have turned away, He says, “It’s your turn!” The Lord often bids, “Come unto me” (Matt.11:28) and “Follow Me” (Matt. 4:19). He invites but you must initiate. Some were once near but now far away as Peter (Mark 14:54). Some have left their first and best love (Rev. 2:4). Some wish they had never departed as Samson (Judges 16:20). Some returned as Jacob (Gen. 35:3). Some have regrets as Achan (Josh. 7:20-25). Some seek too late as Cain (Heb.12:17).

Where are you at this time in the game of life? Are you making the right moves? If not, He says, “It’s your move!” The Lord is waiting for your next move. When you leave He waits with unconditional love promising, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).  As you return He again leads you in ways and paths you should go (Prov. 3:5-6). He permits you to choose and sometimes free-will is your greatest enemy. Satan cannot make you sin, and the Lord will not make you serve. Remember, “Decisions determine directions – Directions determine destinations.”

Are you empty within? Do you you miss His presence? Remember, “You are as close as you want to be.” Listen to your heart. Return and rejoice as the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24).The Prodigal Process: Remember, Repent, Return, Restore, Rejoice – Yea!  As the Father of the prodigal son, The Lord is also watching and waiting. Don’t have regrets. The Lord could now say, “I am where you left me. I am watching and waiting!” He then whispers “It’s your move.” 

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