Is it possible that man has the capacity to make his own decisions and choices?  Of course!  All men have the ability to choose or reject the Lord.  Joshua said to the children of Israel in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  The Lord Jesus mourned over the fate of Israel in Matthew 23:37 where He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and YE WOULD NOT!”  The Lord longed to save Israel, but they chose to reject Him.  There are just two instances where we see that people had choices of their own to make.  Let us not think for a moment that the sovereignty and election of God takes away the responsibility of man to choose God. 

We often use the word ‘omniscient’ to describe the Lord.  That means that the Lord knows everything.  Is that a scriptural teaching?  We read in Job 37:16 that the Lord is, “perfect in knowledge.”  That literally means that He knows everything.  Do we find this same truth in other places in the Bible?  1 John 3:20 is quite clear in saying that God, “knoweth all things.” 

Not only does the Lord know all things that will happen, He knows what we will say even before we say it.  Psalm 139:4 tells us, “Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, YOU KNOW IT ALL.” (NASB).  There is not a single thought we can think that can be hidden from the Lord.  We read in Job 42:2, “I know that THOU CANST DO EVERY THING, and that NO THOUGHT CAN BE WITHHOLDEN FROM THEE.” We also learn in Psalm 44:21 that the Lord, “knoweth the secrets of the heart.” 

We could go on and on with scriptures verifying the truth that the Lord knows ALL THINGS and that NOTHING can be hid from Him.  The Bible is emphatic about this truth.  To think that there could be someone that could move without the knowledge of God, or without the Lord being able to know his next move, would make the rest of the scripture to be a lie. 

With that said, I will simply recap by saying once again that God knows all things.  He knows our words before we say them.  He knows our every thought.  He knows our choices even before we make them.  It is impossible for anyone to ‘catch the Lord off guard’ or to do anything that the Lord didn’t know beforehand that we were going to do.  That doesn’t mean that we do not have a choice.  It simply means that God is God and knows all our choices.  (400.2)