God’s will is infinite. There are no bounds to his volition. From our time-bound, temporal perspective this concept of God’s unlimited will can lead to a feeling of alienation and isolation. These feelings might stem from the fact that while we perceive ourselves as having free will, our volition extends no further than a limit that God in his wisdom imposes on his time-space creatures. Our free will is finite; less than but within God’s will. From God’s self-limitation there seems to spring the arena of choosing and growing from imperfection to perfection, as well as personality as we vaguely conceive of it in time and space.
I feel it’s a mistake to think that God doesn’t possess a personality even if we can’t fathom the magnitude of his eternal creative nature. It’s helpful to conceive that while God has infinite volition, as the creator of time and space he self-limits his will. As soon as I recognize God’s self-limitation I feel inspired and new love for him.
So many of us recognize the importance of self-control. We often chastise ourselves for not having done better in a weak moment. But why is self-control such an important achievement in our experience? I’m not referring to the obvious benefits of self-control, but to the divine, universal law that decrees it so to be. I believe it’s because God’s personality is perfect, and his attractive presence works as gravity drawing us in to him. He is the original, perfectly self-controlled person, and he has sent out the proclamation to us to be as perfect in our sphere as he is in his.
We are not without an understanding God. He knows us and our struggles. We are made in his image. He is eternally perfect, and in eternity he makes perfect beings who never know imperfection. But in the realm of time he makes perfecting beings who choose perfection with him, and that choosing is the very essence of love. We are made perfect by our own volition to seek God and his will, and thereby we become increasingly like him. The whole experience of growing, knowing and sharing with God and each other is a profound demonstration of love and is the emergence of his supremacy in the realm of time and space.