For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
God certainly knows the plans He has for our lives, but how can we know those plans? The Lord is not wanting to hide His plans from us. Rather, He wants us to know and align our choices with His plans. If He sees a child of His who sincerely desires to obey and follow His will, He will not leave us wondering about His plans. He loves us too much for that. He will show us the way to go.
Much of our struggle is not knowing God’s will but doing it. God reveals His will one step at a time; we are not shown the entire plan. We are to trust Him for today knowing that He holds the future in His hands. He will give us the guidance we need for tomorrow when tomorrow comes. It is a walk by faith, not by sight.
- A primary means God uses to communicate His will is His Word, the Bible. What is stated about God’s direction in the following verses? — Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- God also guides us through wise counselors. What do the following passages say about getting counsel from others? — Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20
Question to ponder: What is hindering you from being truly willing to obey and follow God’s plans for your life?
Passages for further study: Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 12:1-2