There are many who would believe that man cannot “Thwart” the will of God, but what exactly does the Scripture say?
Can Man’s Choices “Thwart” God?
Recently I received a comment on a facebook post that; if man has the ability to choose, then he can “thwart” (to hinder, obstruct, frustrate, or defeat) God and His will by his choices. This was in respect to Psalms 78:41 which I had quoted: “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”. The word Limited in the Hebrew, tavah, literally means; to scrape or scratch out, to ruin, in this case, of what God had desired to do.
If the Calvinist is correct in his theology, then this is an impossibility for man, in reality, has no choice and can only come into agreement with what God already knew would happen or that had been preordained would come to pass. If the Calvinist is correct then God is a static God who could not be capable of reaction or emotion for all that happens He either foreordained to happen or foreknew would happen and was only waiting for it to occur.
I believe that this is where the Calvinist misses the boat for this Great God that we serve, according to the Scriptures, is a dynamic God, capable of reacting to the countless possibilities that confront Him. Because He has given man the ability to choose his own destiny by his own choices of either virtue or evil, God is met with an ever increasing number of possibilities and must react to them. This to me makes Him a much greater God than one who knows the future ahead of time and experiences no surprises, only those mechanical behaviors He was already aware of, a God incapable of emotions for He foreknows all that can possibly take place. Why would God experience happiness or wrath when He either foreknew or was the cause of any thing that man might do.
Yes, I believe that man can “Thwart” God because God loved His creation so much that He allowed man to be the author of his own fate with the power to choose between right behavior and sin. (Deut. 30:15) That this great God, according to the Genesis account, gave man the ability to distinguish between “good and evil” and in doing so, made him responsible for his actions. That is why the word “if” is used 1522 times in the Bible for God says, “If you do, then I will react to what you do.” God told the people of Judah through the prophet Jeremiah, “To cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.” God then tells Judah of His justifiable wrath and anger because of their choices to do these abominations that they had chosen to do. In this physical life, yes we can “thwart” God but there will be a price to pay and in the end, the will of God will reign supreme for, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2nd Cor. 5:10