When God acts, who can impede Him? What moves God to act in a human’s life? Obedience to His Word.
However, when the devil prevails in a person’s life it means that God is not acting. Not because He does not want to, but because He is unable to act, since there is no obedience to His Word. God’s actions and those of satan are completely different.
Jacob is an excellent example. He was honest with his employer, worked day and night and did not steal. Yet when there was a robbery, he restored his employer’s fortune, even though he was not guilty of the theft. Jacob was loyal.
Of course, his prosperity was not acquired because of his loyalty, but because of his obedience to God. How many honest and loyal people are out there, yet their lives are tied down. Don’t you agree?
Laban, Jacob’s employer, changed his wages throughout his twenty years of service. He lowered his salary ten times! Normally, when a person’s salary changes, it’s increased not decreased. But even so, Jacob never stopped prospering and when he left Laban’s house, he did not leave empty-handed. God was working. After all, the hands of a believer cannot be empty.
Laban came out to meet Jacob with the intent to harm him but instead he said: “It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’” (Genesis 31.29)
Laban symbolises the devourer who has power in his grasp to do evil in the lives of the unfaithful. But in Jacob’s case, that devouring spirit was bound by the Lord of hosts and could not touch him. Jacob went down the mountain, and was met by God’s angels:
So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.” (Genesis 32.1-2)
The Lord of hosts always sends his army to protect the faithful.