A Providential Pawn

18 For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us (1 Thessalonians 2).

To “hinder” is to “impede one’s course by cutting into its way.” If Satan cannot make us change our course in doing God’s will, he will at least try to impede us from continuing on it. We must remember, however, that when he seems to be succeeding, he is still only a providential pawn in the hands of God’s great plan.

There is no doubt in my mind that Paul, who was bent on following and doing God’s will, eventually arrived in Rome exactly when he was supposed to. Satan’s success in hindering Paul does not mean Paul’s defeat in following God. It was just another part of God’s plan in defeating Satan.

Lord, thank You for Your wonderful providence! Help us This Day to rest in You, no matter how much our plans in doing Your will seem to be hindered. Amen.