Popular thought and theology, if they acknowledge God at all, would reduce him to be a mere fore-teller of the future, a psychic in the sky, if you will. So whether it is the weather tomorrow or the giving and receiving of grace most believe that God anticipates these wonders, but he either cannot or will not interfere with nature and man's 'free will.' So if that is your own view, please take a moment to reflect on Isaiah 48:1-6 (WEB).
1) "Hear this, house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel,and have come out of the waters of Judah. You swear by Yahweh's name, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness 2) (for they call themselves citizens of the holy city, and rely on the God of Israel; Yahweh of Armies is his name): 3) I have declared the former things from of old; yes, they went out of my mouth, and I revealed them. I did them suddenly, and they happened. 4) Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow bronze; 5) therefore I have declared it to you from of old; before it came to pass I showed it to you; lest you should say, 'My idol has done them, and my engraved image, and my molten image, has commanded them.' 6) You have heard it; see all this. And you, won't you declare it? I have shown you new things from this time, even hidden things, which you have not known."
Recently I have been reflecting on God's words in Isaiah chapter 48 as it relates to my own life. There is no doubt that God has acted in my prayers, both conceiving my prayers through the Holy Spirit and bringing his answer to fulfillment through his sovereign hand. Though it is painful to consider how stubborn I have been and can be, it is welcome relief to have my sin an open subject between me and God. After all he is also a merciful and gracious God. Read the rest of Chapter 48 to see just how gracious he is.
So what about you? Will you not admit that God has acted in your life? Has God's guarantee of grace emboldened you to admit your stubbornness? Where we stand today is not the result of 'mother nature' or our supposed 'free will' acting! No instead our lives are the result of the supreme Actor, the God of the universe.
Would you give him an Oscar for his performance? If we have any doubts, we must patiently wait till the end of his show.