Psalm 32:8,"I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you". An ability to know God's plan and will for our lives, must also include one's availability to listen for His voice, and to obey.  God's counsel only comes to those willing to hear with intent.  When we listen without intent, we miss the message, and also lack the faith needed for the journey.  And the journey results in intimacy with God.