Free will in light of God’s sovereignty has always been one of those spiritual subjects that, just when I think I’ve got it figured out, I realize it either doesn’t jive with Who God is or what God does, or else I find new questions that I hadn’t thought to ask before. Either way, I know I’ve got to rethink free will in light of God’s sovereignty.
This is an interesting quote I wanted to share, although I’m not sure whether it is entirely true. “He [God] is like the grand chessmaster who, though exercising no direct causal control over the moves of a novice, is nonetheless able to checkmate the novice in the end.” – Tom Talbott, Inescapable Love of God
Sometimes it is beneficial to wrestle through difficult concepts, to be dissatisfied with the tension of two or more “truths” that can’t both be true. Sometimes it’s best to shelve it for a while, trusting that God knows exactly what He’s doing, even if we aren’t able to explain with absolute certainty how or why He is Who He is and does what He does. But don’t forget to dust off that shelf from time to time in case God is ready to make sense of it in your heart and mind.