“But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.”
Anybody that has a heart to please God will want to know what is God’s will for their life. The problem with finding God’s will is that we have a will of our own. Many times in life our will doesn’t match God’s will, and we often make the mistake of trying to conform God’s will into ours. Several principles are found in Jeremiah 7 that show you how to find God’s will for your life. Let me share these principles with you.
First, realize that God knows what is best. God sees the whole picture of eternity; therefore, what He sees is best and what you see is best will often be two different things. You must accept that God sees what is best because He sees your decisions and life through an eternity viewpoint. Our viewpoint is often skewed with life’s situations and personal desires, and that is why we don’t always know what is best. You must accept God’s eternity viewpoint of your life if you want to find His will for your life.
Second, have no will of your own. This is one of the hardest things you are going to have to do when it comes to finding God’s will for your life. The problem with the verse above is that these people walked after the “imagination of their evil heart.” You can’t have your own will and find God’s will at the same time. It is much easier to find God’s will when you are willing to burn your own will.
Third, obey what you already know is God’s will. The people in the verse above didn’t hearken to what they already knew was God’s will. My friend, you are going to find it hard to learn what God’s will is if you are not doing what you already know is His will.
Fourth, listen to the spiritual leaders God has placed in your life. The sad part about the people in the verse above is that they walked in their own counsel. In verse 25, God sent “servants and prophets” to show these people His will, but they didn’t listen to them. Informing the servants of God and the preacher that something is God’s will is not asking counsel of them about His will. You will not hear what God’s will is when you are informing the preacher and godly counselors about what you feel is God’s will. If you truly want to find God’s will, you are going to have to ask and listen to the counsel from God’s spiritual leaders in your life.
Fifth, know that God’s will never takes you backwards. You can be assured that it is NOT God’s will if what you feel is His will causes you to do less than what you are already doing. God’s will is always a faith-forward motion. God’s will doesn’t make you comfortable; in fact, it will make you uncomfortable because it takes you forward to untrodden lands. God’s will forces you to trust Him as it takes you forward.
Sixth, accept whatever God’s will is. You must not harden your neck to God’s will like the people did in verse 26. Just because you don’t like what God’s will is doesn’t make it bad. Hardening your neck to God’s will when it doesn’t agree with your will only makes your situation worse.
Seventh, do whatever God’s will is. God’s will isn’t always easy to do, but you must obey it if you want God’s best for your life. Always remember that one day out of God’s will is one day living in disobedience; therefore, if you want to please God, you must do His will immediately.