I was taking an Alpha course at an evangelical free church in Minneapolis, and there was a discussion. Most of the members insisted that God is in control of every aspect of their lives.
Excuse me, but if God is in control, then please explain the world to me. I don't believe God is in control unless we put him in control. And my problem is that I don't think I really have him in control of things. I long to truly see His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I have seen too much of Satan's will being done, not only in my life but in the life of other, genuine believers.
The thing is that if you truly know God, there is nothing about him that you will not like. And because of that you will want nothing but his will to be done. He desires for you what you desire for yourself.
When I have been the most passionate in desire for God, then I have been under the worst attack and have had the worst things happen to me. I have so many examples of those who have been on the mission field and they have been afflicted with a disease and have had to return home and discontinue their service to God. I have a dear friend from my teen years who I have gotten in touch with again, finding out she is now a mature believer who is very in love with Jesus, just in time to find out she is supposed to die soon.
There was the great evangelist Smith Wigglesworth who saw great miracles: people raised from the dead, limbs restored, among others, and I had the privilege of knowing a Smith Wigglesworth of the late 20th century who died in his late 80s. He had amazing miracles in his ministry as well. Ministers such as these obviously have some special connection to God that enables them to have this power and these miracles, but it should not belong exclusively to a few people, but to all believers.
Yet, sadly, so many believers live under so much oppression and defeat. God is not in control in their lives. Christians labor under the idea that God has sent all these bad things to teach a lesson, so that they won't even begin to part with them based on knowing that a loving God has not placed these things upon them. They have a relationship with the devil, not God. They call God the devil.
When will we ever see an end to the works of the devil? Jesus said he came to destroy those works. We can't see an end to them if we accept them as from God.