Immediately, she turned to look at me with big, surprised eyes, and yanking off her headband said, "They aren't mine. They aren't real! See?"
Smiling, and holding the chuckle inside, I said, “Oh, yes, I see!"
Thinking back to when my daughter was little, I remembered when she went through this stage of questioning what was real and what was not. We would read a book together, and she would ask, "Momma, is that for real?"
Sometimes I wonder if what I think is God's direction for my life could be real. Often I think as Moses did that I must be mistaken. God could not possibly want me to do that! Here is a list of five tests I use to make sure what I am considering doing is God's will:
1. Am I walking close to The Lord? The Lord is close to us when we draw close to Him. Am I faithfully reading His Word, praying, actively involved in the life of His church? Read 1 Samuel 13:14 about God's reasons for making David king.
2. Is every part of the plan of action honest, upright, and pure? If there is anything that hints of deceit or dishonesty or is not in keeping with the Word of God, it cannot be from God. Read about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts
3. Will this action bring honor and glory to God, rather than me, or others, or even my church? If I am thinking about an activity that will bring attention to my church as a happening place, rather than a way to bring attention to our need for God and how to meet Him, it is not from God. Read about the religious leaders in Matthew 23.
4. Do I sense that God is pursuing this course of action in more than one way or one time? When I feel that God wants me to write about something, I will often hear and read about this topic in a variety of places. I often feel that God is exposing me to all the information I will need. Read about God's calling of Samuel in 1 Samuel 4.
5. God has called every Christian to be a witness to what He did for us through His Son. This is our main job in serving God. When the plan is implemented, will people be drawn to Christ and to a closer walk with the Father? If not, God did not design the plan. Read 2 Corinthians 4: 1-7.
Above all, I have come to realize that God is with me in every endeavor, and I can accomplish any task He sets before me, not in my strength, but in my weakness, made strength through Him.