Just for fun, I was recently asked to come up with a devotional for our Liberty Ladies Game NIght using popular games and how they can be likened to our walk with God. There were three games that struck me… Ready to play?!
Apples to Apples: This is a game of comparison where there is a main word and each player lays down a card from cards they were dealt, based on their perspective and how that card relates to the main word.
In life, we have been given “The Word”- The Word of God. We each have been given a unique set of cards that life has dealt us. We do our best to “play” those cards according to how we perceive what we think God and His Word are telling us.
There are times in the game of Apples to Apples when we don’t have a single card to play and we have to throw down a random card. Inasmuch as when God calls us to do something or believe in Him for the impossible and we don’t have the physical ability or faith to offer.
As in the game, where one person determines the final outcome, so it is with God, Who determines the final outcome from our “leaps of faith”. (Faith the size of a mustard seed and in the unseen.)
Chutes and Ladders: Chutes and Ladders reflects the “Ups and Downs” of life. Sometimes by our own choices, sometimes repercussions resulting from the choices of others. The downward spirals and upward climbs can be short or they can be longer. Unlike the game, however, where you can just “whoop” up the ladder, the climb of life is painstakingly rung by rung.
Ever notice the longest ladder in the game is the one that takes you the furthest and the closest to where you want to be?
It takes Perseverance and Tenacity. (Romans 5:35) “… knowing that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…”
Reverse Charades: I find it interesting that it is from three people acting out and that one person is guessing. Like the way I often try to figure out and second guess what I think the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are doing with situations in my life, instead of just “Being still” and trusting that they’ve got it handled.
We become the great “Spiritual Sherlocks” parading through each room in our “mind palaces” to solve what we think are pieces of evidence. Especially when it looks like nothing is really happening. BUT…(Hebrews 11:1) “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Unlike the game, where guessing makes us the winner; with God, our guessing is in essence the taking of control out of His hands as we try to work it with our own minds.
In Conclusion: Life with God is a journey. A journey that is “not about whether you win or lose, but it is all in how you play the game. A life invested in and trusting in God ultimately wins in the end!
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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