God Is Not a Magic 8-Ball

Bethany Jenkins | September 23, 2015


As a career coach, I often talk with people about their vocational decisions. Which job should I take? Where should I move? What’s the best next step for me?

Although we usually discuss the pros and cons of each option, we always end up in the same place—discontentment. When it comes to decision-making, no matter how much research we’ve done, we rarely think we’ve done enough. We want to know everything about the future, and all its possible alternatives, before making a decision.

But this isn’t the way of freedom.

We’re Not Omniscient

When trying to make decisions, our problem is that we’re rarely satisfied with God’s wisdom. We want his omniscience. Even though he has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3), we want more. We want him to tell us everything that is happening right now and everything that might potentially happen in the future, too. As Kevin DeYoung observes:

God is not a magic 8-ball we shake up and peer into whenever we have a decision to make. . . . 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…


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