"Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us."
1 Thessalonians 2:18
Have you ever been going a direction that you believed the Lord was directing you to go, yet your spouse wasn't on the right page, or there were obstacles that were keeping you from doing what you felt you were suppose to do? I am sure you have. I have. We all have. Even Paul was being "hindered" as you see here in the scripture above to get to this Thessalonian church. It says he was "hindered" not just once but twice.
If not spiritually you've been there, I know you have naturally been going to a destination only to find out that the airplane can not get you to that destination at the time you were expected to arrive, or as your driving down that road there is a snow bank or a icy spot that tells you that you need to get to your destination another way. We've all been there in own fashion or another.
In our Scripture today, the word "hindered" comes from the Greek word egkopto, a word that was originally used to describe a road so deteriorated and broken up that it was impassable. But the word egkopto means even more than this. In Greek times it was also used as an athletic term. It was used to portray the moment when a runner comes alongside another runner and literally elbows him out of the race. The second runner is running a good race, he is shoved out of the way by the aggression of a fellow runner. As a result of this action, the runner who was elbowed loses the leading edge he previously had.
When these two ideas are combined together, the primary idea of the word "hindered" becomes that of an impasse so severe that it prohibits you from going where you need to go or an aggressor who unkindly elbows you off course in your spiritual race.
Paul is saying:
"...Satan created an impasse that kept me from coming to see you."
"...Satan put obstructions in my path to prevent me from getting to you."
"...Satan cut in on me and prohibited me from visiting you as I wanted to do."
"...Satan tried to elbow his way in on me to keep me from coming to see you."
So when something happens that seems to prevent you from doing what it is that you feel the Lord is leading you to do, remember you are not the first to encounter such difficulties. Others have been in the same situation. In time, as in Paul's case, the devil's attack ceased, and the way cleared for them to move ahead.
In the process though we have to be sure we are using wisdom and spiritual discernment according to scriptures. If your married, it is absolutely necessary that you walk in agreement for many times it is just a timing issue or your just not suppose to go that direction. God is a big God! And in all things that we walk in patience and peace. When you begin to feel anxious and want to start working things out on your own that is a good sign that your operating and the Holy Spirit isn't. Walk in patience and peace.
The story of your life isn't over! Regardless of where you are at right now. Regardless of what the devil has tried to do. It is time for you to remember that what God has promised shall come to pass as you hold fast to your faith in HIM.
Let's Pray: Lord, I feel I am at an impasse. I don't know what to do except to seek you first. Today I am asking You for the strength that I need to keep pushing forward with the spirit of peace and patience in all that I do to overcome obstacles if there are obstacles to overcome. I know that greater is HE who is in me than he that is in the world. Father, you are going to give me the exact wisdom I need get where I need to go. I pray this in Jesus' Name. Amen.