How does the will of God affect our freedom? Usually, we agree that God has some plans for us, but often we think that they are in opposition to our will.
The basic problem with understanding the will of God and our freedom lies in that, we forget that our will is also created by God like everything else. And, since it is created by Him it is dependent on Him. As human beings we are not independent but are God's creatures and God guarantees our dignity and our identity. He also gives us free will that is not limited but that does not mean that it does not affect our freedom.
After Peters' statement..."you are the Messiah"...Jesus answers..yes "for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven."
Our humanity is like a marble block. At the beginning we are like a big block. God is an artist who works and forges a figure of man from this stone. We can only imagine how this figure has been created. The same is true in life. Sometimes we rebel against God and we are reduced to tears when His plans take something from our lives. We feel uncomfortable when something like this happens.
But when we agree with His will, and believe that God is the most talented artist and sculptor of our lives, overtime we will see the beauty of His work.
For example, with St. Peter, we see how God works in the life of this man. How He leads him, but does not take away his freedom. Although Peter wanted to do things his own way against the will of God, that did not stop God from building His church on the faith of Peter.
This is how God wants to build our lives without our knowing, but it will surely be something beautiful.
Let Him just be the builder of our lives.