Read Ezekiel 29
Focus on verse 19
A pawn is someone or something that is being used by someone else. In the game of chess the pawns are the pieces that are often sacrificed to lure other more significant pieces into a trap. I rather doubt that anyone would like to be considered a pawn, yet people very often don’t hesitate to use another person as a pawn if it is deemed beneficial.
In today’s reading we see God seems to be moving entire nations around as though they are pawns in a chess game. Babylon, Tyre, Egypt, Israel, God uses Babylon in this case to bring His judgment upon Israel, Tyre and Egypt. He will eventually also judge Babylon, and restore Israel and Egypt, but not Tyre. Kings and their armies are moved around and manipulated by God as though they are pawns in a large scale chess game, and while for us as we consider this from a historical perspective, the people living in these nations had their lives seriously disrupted if they were fortunate enough to be among those who survived.
Sometimes life can feel like we are just a pawn being moved around and manipulated by a force we cannot control. While there are forces at work attempting to influence our behavior, we are never really free of taking ownership of the choices we make. The choices we make affect whether our lives are influenced and manipulated by God, or Satan. If we choose to obey God, He gives us the freedom to choose whether or not to serve and obey Him. If we choose to serve Satan, we soon realize that we have been ensnared by his trap and are essentially pawns that he will use until we are no longer useful to him, at which point he will either abandon or destroy us. Either way it doesn’t sound very appealing. Since we have a choice, I’d recommend choosing to serve God now while we still have a choice.