“If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself” (John 7:17).
Free will is not a contradiction to the sovereignty of God. In fact, free will is vitally necessary in any argument for the existence of God. While the behavioral and social sciences would seek to reduce humankind down to nothing more than a product of genetic predispositions and environmental nurturing, we are not like the animals of the field. Free will means we are not puppets dangling from strands of DNA. Free will means we are not hostage to social conditioning. We are not victims to the uncontrollable external circumstances of life unless we choose to be. The one thing over which we have sole control is the exercise of our free will and the response we make in the face of such circumstances. That I can choose means there is a path beyond victimization. Free will is a vital component in the packaging of God’s hope. Otherwise, life is a spinning, godless, rollercoaster of external forces acting upon us.