God has plans for us. He says, “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11) God does not hide His will from us, though He does wait for us to seek it before He will reveal it to us. Notice the next two verses after v11. “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 29:12-13) The Lord’s gracious gift of prosperity is contingent on his people’s willingness to repent. This message is also found in Deuteronomy 4:29-30 and Nehemiah 1:9.
God has revealed His ways and His will in His Word. As Scripture says of itself, “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the godly may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) As we read and study His Word, we will gain a clearer picture of the plan and will of God and be able to discern His will in every situation and when faced with any decision. He will also give us wisdom and discernment as we ask for it. As Scripture says, “If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God who gives generously to all without finding fault.” (James 1:5)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8) This will only purify our motives and forge determination in our hearts to do the will of God in every situation, no matter what that turns out to be. Scripture says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
We need to remember that He never really wants to hide His will from us any more than He wants to hide Himself. He is a God who loves to make Himself known to us. As Jesus said, “Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me. Those who love me will have my Father’s love, and I, too, will love them and reveal myself to them.” (John 14:21) He longs to give us, “a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that (we) may know Him better.” (Ephesians 1:17) Therefore, know God’s Word and let it be, “a lamp for (your) feet and a light for (your) path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Today I pray this Scripture, seeking the Lord’s will and asking Him to light my path.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.” (Psalm 119:105-112)