Kevin DeYoung writes in his short but powerful Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will (Or How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Etc.):
“We need to stop thinking of God’s will like a corn maze, or a tight rope, or a bull’s eye, or a choose-your-own-adventure novel…Many of us fear we’ll take the wrong job, or buy the wrong house, or declare the wrong major, or marry the wrong person, and suddenly our lives will blow up. We’ll be out of God’s will, doomed to spiritual, relational, and physical failure. Or, to put it in Christianese, we’ll find ourselves out of ‘the center of God’s will.’ We’ll miss God’s best and have to settle for an alternate ending to our lives…
“This conventional understanding is the wrong way to think of God’s will…Trusting in God’s will of decree is good. Following his will of desire is obedient. Waiting for God’s will of direction is a mess. It’s bad for your life, harmful to your sanctification, and allows too many Christians to be passive tinkerers who strangely feel more spiritual than they actually do.
“God is not a Magic 8-Ball…He is a good God who gives us brains, shows us the way of obedience, and invites us to take risks for Him. We know God has a plan for our lives. That’s wonderful. The problem is we think He’s going to tell us the wonderful plan before it unfolds. We feel like we can know – and need to know – what God wants every step of the way. But such preoccupation with finding God’s will, as well-intentioned as the desire may be, is more folly than freedom.
“The better way is the biblical way: Seek first the kingdom of God, and then trust that He will take care of our needs, even before we know what they are and where we’re going.”