Thank you for your answer. Your answer is differently worded than what I am used to, so I'm a bit unsure as to how to read it. I will continue to read it, and maybe I'll understand it a bit better.
I'll try to reword your comments. Please correct me if I am misunderstanding your position.
First, I see a contrast being made. The word, "Instead," in the middle is giving this away. I think that the contrast is between God giving a person unlimited choices in a given situation vs God decreeing what a person chooses. Honestly, this kind of contrast sounds odd to me
As long as you understand the following we will be fine with understanding this area of God's will.
God is not choosing their choice. God's decrees cuts to the chase, so to speak. Their choice is still their own. God simply narrows it down as to not waste lots of time. Otherwise, God would have to give ad infinitum choices to every atheist who would keep resisting whatever came his way.
Imagine if God decreed that Pharaoh was not to be born? Because how God knew he would reject Him? God could have decreed that your soul would enter a baby's body in 800 BC. In that case, never to be a part of the body of Christ when you believed. Only those chosen in Christ before the foundations of the world have been decreed to be born and saved during the church age...
Some people wrongfully think if God were in control our lives would go along perfectly and everyone will be happy. God's decrees are determined by His plan. His plan to resolve a prehistoric angelic conflict. Its still in its process. That is why, even though the Perfect Judge has condemned Satan and his angels to the Lake of Fire. A Judge that makes no mistakes? That Satan and his angels are still free to wander the earth and are not yet imprisoned. But.. they already have been judged by the perfect Judge. Its for their sakes God withholds the execution of judgment. For angels and men are slow in grasping God's thinking when they are on the wrong side of spirituality.
Satan demanded an appeal to his sentence. When doing so, Satan impugned the character of God. That left God's angels confused as to what was going on. So, God granted his wish. We are chosen by God to be witnesses in the appeal trial of Satan. The more we remain true to Bible doctrine and walk habitually in the Spirit? The better our witness will be seen as virtuous in God's courtroom.
Man is now on display before angels and men - On display as evidence for being either on the side of righteousness, or for others.. those who are unrighteous. Unrighteous are allowed to try to lie and deceive to the hurt of others as to show why Satan and his angels must be condemned.
That is why God allows and decrees that both good and bad things will happen to men. And, God decrees to limit each man's time on the stand (how he lives his life) as a witness before God and angels....
God has His decrees to keep the process to be done decently and in order. And, timely.