I used to think of God’s will as a linear path of correct answers that I should be able to figure out if I was just a bit more holy. How this became my view of God’s will is unknown to me. Oddly enough, it seems to be how most Christians currently think of it too. But, nonetheless this view caused me a great deal of anxiety in decisions I’ve had to make. After personal reflection and studying the topic, I now disagree with this common view. I disagree because of one main reason: anxiety. If God’s will is a linear path, we fear making the wrong decision when presented with multiple good decisions. We end up diving head first into the future taking with us every possible scenario as we play the game: “What could go wrong with this choice?” If we do this, we ignore Jesus’ words to “not worry about tomorrow” as He says in Matthew 6. Could it be, rather, that God’s will for our lives is simply a life oriented towards Him? Not a life crippled by constantly worrying about potential outcomes? I believe that this oriented life is what God asks of us. For reference, Jesus’ teaching to “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things (our needs) will be given to us,” is straight forward. Seeking the kingdom of God is more of a mindset and lifestyle than a string of anxious decisions.
Even more so, God doesn’t want our lives to be a string of anxious decisions! Paul reminds us of this in Romans 8:28, “God works for the good of those who love Him.” So, if we are oriented towards God we can have faith God will be with us in our decisions. Therefore, if there are multiple good options presented to us, could there be multiple right choices in a decision? I believe so. Though, of course there are also wrong choices that simply are against God’s intentions for us and how He has created each of us. So, whether it is the job we choose, the person we marry, the college we commit to, or the church we attend, there might be more than one right choice. And if we orient ourselves towards God, the only wrong choice in any of these decisions are the ones we make without Him. I believe if we walk with God in faith, putting our love for God and His truth first, there can be multiple right paths throughout life. Right paths come from our orientation toward God and not from trying to walk the perfect line in an anxiety-stricken life.