Like most folks here, I have done laps around the free will vs determinism debate, and here is my take:
FIRST, God/YHVH/Jesus is absolutely sovereign. That is basic, foundational.
Second, we have free will - BUT - from God's point-of-view, it's like, "Yeah, I told you so..." :declare:He knew all along, but [I know this from my own experience with Him] He also waits with expectation to see what we will do. :gimmefive:No, it does not sound consistent, and it's all too easy to say that free will is an illusion, or that God is not really fully in control. :footmouth:It's really hard to get your mind around the whole thing, just as it is so difficult to wrap your mind around God's multi-dimensionality, or the seven Spirits of God + the Father + the Son = a ninefold Godhead, a trinity of trinities. :dunno2:I think of free will as a delimited "wriggle room" given to us by God, with the ultimate outcome predetermined.
Let me illustrate. If you're fond of time-travel stories, as I am, a big part of them lies in the temporal conundrums involved. Characters get involved in situations which defy logic, but there they are, so often a choice that you've made/are making/are going to make, in a loop that you can not escape from.
Or think of driving down a highway, and ahead you see one of those billboards which hold two messages, one seen from the left, the other seen from the right (they use louvers). As you approach, the sign reads "Free Will - What's the Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything?," but after you pass and look back, it reads "Forty-Two - Told You So!"
In short, I think it's a POV thing, something our minds in this life can't quite grasp.