Being Hindered Does Not Mean You Have Been Stopped
Some roads are so rough that they will damage your vehicle to the degree that you need a new alignment, along with new tires. They seem inevitable; you do not see them coming in many ways because they are already there waiting for you. Once you find out where they are, that knowledge changes your behavior, prompting you to switch lanes in advance. If the entire street is damaged, you may be prone to take a detour rather than diving down such an uncomfortable and damageable road until repairs have been made.
We all have someplace to go, regardless of it being physically and or spiritually. I learned that those who were before me were right. The road to the destination is never easy. Understand, Satan tears up roads to stop you from reaching your goal. God will either pave those damaged roads or supply you with another route to get where you need to be. The Apostle Paul speaks on this thought in 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18, “But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we wanted to come to you--even I, Paul, time and again--but Satan hindered us.”
You may have noble goals and intentions, just as the Apostle Paul had. However, your good intentions will not prevent Satan from hindering you. Being hindered does not mean you have been stopped. It means you have been slowed down. The Adversary is doing what he is supposed to do: rising against you, slowing you down, discoursing you, and preferably if you allow him, stopping you.
In Heaven, it will matter how many blowouts I had, removed roadblocks and detours I had to take. What matters will be I made it. When you meet with the saints on the Lord’s Day, you don’t have to tell me that you have been hindered somehow. I know because we all have, and the Bible tells us so and we are glad to see you. Keep moving, slower or faster, whatever the road of life allows. “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:14).
©Courtney Henderson June 10, 2022