Re: Jonah: God's Will, But Up to You
This may help explain the problem of free will versus God's will. This is how my dad explained it to me when I was confused about the same problem several months ago.
He said that a father can call his child to come outside to him. The child can refuse to obey and stay inside instead. That child is following his own free will. But then what if the father engineered circumstances to get the child to obey? What if the house was on fire and the dad then called the child to come outside again? The child comes outside to his father this time. Was it of the child's free will? Yes. And he also chose to obey his father. That's like what God did to Jonah. He sent a storm and a fish that "sent Jonah outside" to Ninevah. But it was Jonah who chose to follow God even if he was grumbling the whole way. Hope that helps!
But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31