Is God Secretive About His Will For Us?
Many Christians worry about what God’s will is for their life, which can provoke a great deal of anxiety. If God does not speak audibly, Christians naturally wonder what future decisions to make: what schools to attend, what careers to pursue, who to marry, etc. The question must be asked: Does God have one specific script for us to follow?
The Bible speaks to following God’s moral will and not an individual, specific will. Proverbs 3:5-6 says trust in God, lean not on our own understanding, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. This passage suggests following God’s moral will discussed throughout Proverbs and the Bible and you will be on the right path from the Creator’s viewpoint. Regarding such a major decision as marriage, the Bible only suggests a believer not marry an unbeliever for practical reasons. (2 Corinthians 6:14-16) Otherwise, which God will the children follow? The Bible never suggests there is only one man a woman must discover to marry to be in God’s will. Paul advises a widow “But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.” (I Corinthians 7:39b) In fact, in 1 Corinthians 7 Paul suggests individuals must make a wise decision about whether to marry based on their circumstances at that time. Paul does not condemn whichever choice is made.
There are of course times in the Bible that God did have a specific will for a person but God made this crystal clear through visions or an audible voice. Paul, on the road to Damascus, was advised by audible voice God’s desire for him (Acts 9:4). God needed Paul to play a significant role in presenting the Gospel to the Gentiles. God wanted it understood His promise of salvation were for all nations, that the Jewish nation was only a vessel to carry out this magnificent Plan. But, there were thousands of other decisions in a believer’s life in biblical times where there was no hint Christ’s followers had to worry about missing His will in their life. The Bible is explicit about God’s moral will but does not imply there is a specific individual will in the day-to-day lives of believers.
God does not somehow lose control because our lives do not follow a specific script. God wants us to pursue the desires of our hearts. Sometimes, those choices depend on the circumstances at the time. If we seek to make the wisest choice we can based on biblical wisdom, our desires and gifts, and the counsel of others, a loving God will not fail to lead us to “a” right decision. Unless moral, there is not “the” right decision. We do not serve a God who keeps His desires hidden from His children. Many “Godly” paths can be chosen while still remaining entirely within God’s will. You just can’t go wrong!