I don't think God takes away our free will. I don't think God will be used to divine the future so you don't have to take any risks. Many people want God to take decisions away from them. I have never experienced a situation where I was explicitly told to do something. I have seen some obvious closed doors that would be a case of a strong warning.
The thing is that everything involves God. We have life because God is feeding us his energies. It is wrong to separate our lives into secular and sacred boxes. Everything we encounter every day has the power to move us towards God or farther away. We don't control external factors that much, but we do control our response to them.
Looking at external success as a sign of God's favor is a bad thing to do. There is nothing wrong with being grateful for those things, but all you have to do is read the lives of saints to figure out that moving closer to God is no guarantor of wealth, safety, a good marriage, prestige, or any other thing. When people say they got wealthy because they put God first in their finances I get leary because many Christians do that and are still dirt poor. That is what is wrong with prosperity gospel. It measures God's favor by wealth.
So God is always there although our perceptions of him go through ebbs and troughs. The way to face hardship is to think "ok, now I get to practice being a son of God when all of my support is gone". A lot of our apparent holiness falls flat when the support is pulled out. We are generous until we lose our job. We are grateful for food and share it with others until we starve. But who wants to be a Christian who is dependent on an external heaven to be one?