Wills and decisions

God Ultimately Controls Our Wills

Bible Verses about God’s Ultimate Sovereignty Over People’s Wills

General Beliefs in Recorded in Scripture

ROMANS 9:14-18

“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.”


“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”


“I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”

Specific Occurrences Recorded in Scripture

In regards to the Egyptians, King David acknowledged that God caused them to hate the people of Israel.

PSALM 105:25

“He turned their hearts to hate his people,
to deal craftily with his servants.”


“And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,”

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