The Tree Revelation
I've heard an argument presented that there is really no such thing as free will. Their logic was that if God knows everything then He knows everything that we are going to do from beginning to end. So, they believe that we don't really have a choice because it is all predestined and preordained. That our lives are already mapped out therefore we can do whatever we want to do and remain in His will. All because He created us to do exactly what we are doing. In this frame of thinking they believe that there is really no free will.
This line of thinking is flawed, and it does not line up with the biblical truth. And I am going to try to explain why by sharing the understanding that Holy Spirit revealed to me. I call it the revelation of the tree.
I was shown that our lives are like a tree. A tree where every branch, every twist and every turn represents decisions that we make. Every new branch represents a new direction based on the choices we've made. Some branches lead to very fruitful limbs and some branches lead to dying leaves that need to be pruned. But the tree as a whole represents our whole life, our entire self. All of our potential, all that we can be including our downfalls. And God knows each of our trees completely, every leaf and every root. But the path we take during this life, through this tree is up to us.
When we are born God know our whole tree. But we choose how we move through and where we end up on our tree. God created each of us with a specific purpose. If we find that purpose and live it out is completely up to us.
Just like the trunk of the tree, we start our lives moving in a singular direction, under our parent's guidance. But at some point, we start making our own choices and decisions. Hence the twists and turns in the branches but God knows our tree and all the potential good and bad that it contains.
Psalm1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Psalm 139:1-4 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.