Why you must write (Words go where you cannot appear) part two

Why you must write (Words go where you cannot appear) part two

Satan hindered us to come to you.

But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. (1 Thessalonians 2:17-18)

Paul, an apostle, desired to go and see the welfare of the believers at Thessalonica several times.  This was a goal of ministry, to pour himself out to other people.  This was God’s work he was determined to travel and accomplish.  Not personal at all. Satan still hindered him.

The genius of writing is that though he was hindered from getting to Thessalonica physically, his words still arrived and accomplished a purpose.  The believers at Thessalonica were encouraged, knowing that their leader was concerned about them and desired to visit them.

He had physical constraints that kept him from achieving leadership.  But the people he was called to were not isolated from his help.  His letter taught, inspired and consoled them. The goal that could not be accomplished physically was achieved through pen and paper.

Words went where Paul could not appear.