All through the Bible we see the interworking of the will of God and the will of man. It was God, Creator and Sovereign, who conceived freedom for man–the glorious likeness to Himself in “the dignity of causality,” to use Pascal’s phrase. All things are so arranged in God’s universe that He may work his will through man’s exercising his gift of a free will. It is a gift, and one which, while it confers staggering power on us humans, also limits the Almighty.
Here lies the tremendous mystery–that God should be all-powerful, yet refuse to coerce. He summons us to cooperation. We are honored in being given the opportunity to participate in his good deeds. Remember how He asked for help in performing his miracles: Fill the waterpots, stretch out your hand, distribute the loaves. ~Elisabeth Elliot