IS THIS A TEST?
And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. DEUTERONOMY 8:2 NKJV
Years ago a blind couple wanted to come to our Wednesday-night teaching sessions in St. Louis. They normally took the bus, but their usual route was canceled, and they could only continue coming if someone would pick them up and take them home. Nobody was willing to do it because the people lived in an area considered "out of the way."
In other words, provided transportation for this couple would have been inconvenient. Eventually we had to get one of our employees to do it, which meant we had to pay that person. We should not allow money to be our main motivator. We all need money, but we also need to do things for other people without being paid to do it; in fact, often, such opportunities are "testing times" from God. If you are willing to do something kind for someone else with no pay and perhaps no credit, that's a positive sign that your spiritual heart is in good condition.
When God wanted to see if the Israelites would obey His commands, He led them the long, hard way in the wilderness. He sometimes does the same with us. He may ask us to do something inconvenient. God may be using these things to test us. He may be looking to see what's in our hearts and to give us a chance to prove how much we love him.
LOVE GOD TODAY: Next time you feel called to do something you don't really want to do, remember, it could be a test.