Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! Romans 11:33
Man is free to choose any option that comes to his focused attention that is not hindered nor prevented by an influence beyond his control. Man’s will is not free of all hindrance and prevention.
The freewill of man is influenced by many things. Among these influences are personal habits and addictions, man’s immediate environmental and interpersonal context, his limited perception, his limited estimation of the consequences that will follow his choices, the influence of other spirits (Holy, angelic, demonic, human), and the laws of physics. Man can only focus his attention on ONE option at a time.
The opportunities for making a choice between one or more options are virtually infinite. Man is incapable of focusing his thought on all the things that he could think about. Virtually all things that man could be thinking about do not even occur to a man in any given year, let alone any given hour. Man can only express his freewill when he actually focuses his consideration.
Man cannot focus his attention upon what does not occur to him. Man cannot even estimate the number of things that never occur to him.
Man’s freewill is limited to the options that actually occur to him. Man is not free to choose what never occurs to him.
Therefore, man’s freewill is limited by the tiny number of choices he considers, and further limited by the influences outside of him. Man’s freewill is less than his available choices which are themselves quite limited. Man’s freewill is real, but a tiny, tiny thing.
Of God (within the timeframe and geography of creation)
God is Infinite, and I am asserting that American perceptions of God and Christ are miniscule.
God is Omnipresent (everywhere) and Omniscient (knows everything) and Eternal (always has been and always will be).
God has always been everywhere, from sub-atomic structure to inter-galactic expanse.
God always perceives everything in infinite detail. He not only knows the number of hairs on your head and the state of the larder for sparrows; but the state of the molecules and atoms of such.
God perceives the influence of everything on everything else. He understands it all in infinite detail, knowing the influence of a breeze upon the atoms in a leaf, or a flicker of light in the peripheral vision of a fly.
God perceives everything that happens everywhere at the same time. He is not limited to thinking one thing at a time. God thinks about an infinite number of things at the same time. God is always thinking about an infinite number of things about everything all the time. It is normal for God. It doesn’t fatigue or over-extend His ability at all.
God remembers all things in perfect and infinite detail. He forgets nothing. He overlooks nothing. No relationship between physical details and spiritual details is too small to be remembered and kept in the greater context.
God’s perception and thinking are infinitely fast. He considers the contexts and details of everything that exists, an infinite number of times, more quickly than it takes me to put a period at the end of this sentence.
God is not limited to just perception and thought. He also acts. God can do an infinite number of things at the same time. He never fumbles of tires.
What a Glorious God!
What a Wonderful Counselor!
What a Righteous Judge!
How foolish it is to think He can be resisted.
How foolish it is to think He does not pay attention to each of us individually. God gives an infinite amount of attention to all people, whether human or angelic. He does it all at the same time. It is not even hard for Him to do. God is most personal.
This is the God who created the heavens and the earth in six days. He took that long to emphasize the time frame we call a ‘week’. He could have accomplished a creation a trillion times as complex instantly.
This is the God who can know and design the future in infinite detail with the assurance that He can truly call “that which is not as though it were”. God can remember the future in infinite detail. He has remembered the infinite details of the future an infinite number of times. He purposes the time and trajectory of every photon over every millimeter of its course. He has tracked the distant starlight that will come beneath a future solar flare.
This is the Infinite God who has decided that sin is infinitely evil.
This is the Infinite God, who became man also, in Jesus Christ.
This is the Infinite God who paid an infinite penalty of suffering so that He could be just in forgiving your sin and mine. He truly and literally paid an infinite penalty that we could never finish paying.
This is the Holy God who commands that we repent of ignoring Him and confess that we sin against His wisdom and righteousness.
This is the Merciful God who offers forgiveness and eternal life to those who will trust Him through Jesus Christ.
This is the One God who truly exists. This is the Infinite God who is worthy of worship.
This Infinite God is the only one with real freedom of choice and freedom of will. Only He can focus on all the options at the same time and exert (will) His choice without any interference.
Our tiny, tiny, tiny perception insures a very real (but tiny) freedom to express our will. And He holds us accountable for our expression of that will, anemic though it may be.
God is love. (1 John 4:8, 16) That is a good thing!
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21