God’s will can be summarized under three rubrics:
1) There are some things that God decides will happen, and they do happen (eg. Jesus’ crucifixion, Acts 2:23)
2) There are things that God desires but he allows a decision on our part (eg. It is not his will that any should perish, 2 Peter 3:9)
3) There are some things that we desire and God permits (eg. Do your best to get here before winter, 2 Timothy 4:21)
God’s will is not some rigid blueprint in which one wrong decision ruins his plans for us for the rest of our lives. God is more like a master chess player who is about a million games ahead of us…God knows how to get us where he wants us. He knows how to complete his purposes for our lives. He can even turn our blunders into good.
And also this:
God’s Sovereignty is so powerful that he does not need to micromanage to have everything under his control and working towards his chosen ends.
Excerpts from Truth Aflame by Larry Hart (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005). Pg 183 & 56