“Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us”
Therefore we wanted to come to you—
It was Paul’s intention to come back to Thessalonica.
even I, Paul, time and again—
Paul made at least two attempts to come to Thessalonica. Both times Satan, frustrated his plans. Later in the book, he sought God’s direction about going to Thessalonica. Paul constantly sought God’s mind in his ministry to the Thessalonians.
“Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you” (1 Thessalonians 3:11).
We must seek God’s direction to do His will.
Believers must always seek God’s direction. Otherwise, Satan can hinder our ministry, if we do it strictly in human powers. Vision building, goal setting and strategy making are good, but without God’s direction, they are vacuous.