More than likely we've either heard and/or used the expression "providential hindrance(s)" at one time or another. We pretty much "know" what such an expression means, but, OTOH, I find no such expression actually used in my Bible. Yeah, I know that the term(s) "trinity" and/or "triune God" aren't expressly stated in God's Word either and "We pretty much 'know' what..." these expressions mean too. But, how does one actually define what a "providential hindrance" is/means? One person said something to the effect that a "providential hindrance" is that, "God lays down a 'commandment' or a 'law' in His Word [e.g., not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together..." in Hebrews 10:25], and then He makes you so handicapped that you can't get out of your hospital bed to attend your local church meetings." Well, that may be his idea of what a "providential hindrance" may be, but I don't really think that's how God views it. BUT, then again, how would you define it? At the other extreme (Using that Hebrews 10:25 passage), after a person stays up most all of Saturday night (and maybe a little bit into the "wee hours" of Sunday morning) playing, for example, some computer games (Candy Crush, etc.), and then stays home to sleep through the time(s) of his local church's Sunday morning services, probably isn't a "providential hindrance" either---even though when asked by his fellow church members he might invoke such an excuse for his absence. Bottom line: How does one actually define what a "providential hindrance" is? Could one person's "providential hindrance" not be one to another person? When does one's "providential hindrance" stop being one and then subsequently considered to be "out of God's will for him/her"? These are just some questions I'd love to see defined, especially from passages in the Bible that actually address themselves to the concept of a "providential hindrance."