I have a question regarding free will. I think many people can agree that we cannot a choice independent of God, however how do you respond to the statement that “God placed us in this situation to make a choice. So we still have to choose to love God even though He has used situations and circumstances to get us to the point where are coarse to choose”. I’d like your guidance on how to wisely and biblically respond. Cheers and have a safe trip.
I understand what you’re saying with your question. As we go through our daily lives we don’t often feel completely forced to do this or that. We actually “feel” like we have quite a bit of freedom most of the time. This is a part of the strong delusion that God sends us to make us think that we have some sort of “free” choice about what to do or not do.
Through our life we certainly do experience putting forth effort to make certain decisions, to resist evil, to overcome, etc. The scriptures command us to put forth this effort, knowing that it is all of God working in us. He gets all of the credit and glory for every thought we think and choice we make; that is the key to this question.
(Isa 42:8 NKJV) I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
(1Co 9:27 NKJV) But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection,lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
(Php 2:12 NKJV) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
(Php 2:13 NKJV) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do forHis good pleasure.
It is a very narrow way indeed, to put forth effort based on the strength God has given us, but also to give him 100% of the glory all of the time.
(Psa 115:1 NKJV) Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.
As you well know we can do nothing apart from God working through Christ. There is nothing “free” about anything in our life. Any freedom is only a part of strong delusion. We are either slaves of sin or slaves of God.
(Rom 6:20 NKJV) For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
(Rom 6:21 NKJV) What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
(Rom 6:22 NKJV) But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
It is his working our hearts and minds to cause all of these things, even down to every thought and the movement of every atom in this universe.
(Joh 12:39 NKJV) Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
(Joh 12:40 NKJV) “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HARDENED THEIR HEARTS, LEST THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, LEST THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEARTS AND TURN, SO THAT I SHOULD HEAL THEM.”
(Joh 6:44 NKJV) No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws (drags) him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
(Joh 6:65 NKJV) And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
It is impossible for the carnal mind to understand the depth of this verse.
(Eph 1:11 NKJV) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all thingsaccording to the counsel of His will,
I hope this is helpful to you,