Even we believers think that the devil is the god (small g) of this world. He certainly believes it. We surrender to this discouraging scenario, and sigh at the uphill battle before us.
But we ought to laugh at this because our experience actually proves otherwise.
You have a conversation with a fellow church attender which seems to you unremarkable, more than chit-chat but no heavy lifting on your part. You walk away and go on with your life. Later, this same friend tells you that you had been the voice of God, saying to her precisely the words she needed, at exactly the right time. And you had casually dropped that verse which seemed to you like a good fit, but which confirmed God as the author of your advice, because it was the secret verse at the center of her lonely turmoil all along.
Were you in a trance or controlled by a remote irresistible force? Did you feel anything? Of course not: you only thought you were having an easy conversation with a friend. You didn’t know you were being a conduit for words from heaven to a needy soul. God did that.
Have you noticed how easy it is for Almighty God to work in and through you in this supposedly Satan-controlled world?
Satan is called the prince of this world. He is called a lion wandering about seeking whom he may devour. He is permitted some time and some freedom to work his will.
“I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming, and he has no claim on Me.”
The prince is a pretender to the throne and he will be cast out.
“Now judgement is upon this world; now the prince of this world will be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
Because of the discouraged worldview we borrow, we convince ourselves that God has to break through! or work some magic in conflict with the natural flow and the laws of physics to make Himself known. Like it’s a super-supernatural feat for the Creator of the universe to make something happen in the universe He designed. That’s ridiculous.
It is actually effortless and seamless for God to work in our interactions and in the world.
It ALL belongs to Him, his fingerprints are on every atom, He’s everywhere. He can move and connect people effortlessly. It’s ALL His and the devil is a deceived fool.
The only thing standing in His way is our free will, and that’s negotiable. Ask Jonah.