Interesting question. I looked up the definition on the net, and it gives everything from “divine intervention” to “feeling lucky.” Oh brother! I would lean more to divine intervention or hindered by something over which one has no control. That is, at least, the context in which I have heard it used.
God gets blamed much for things caused by our own choices. Ex: My family could not come to church because Suzy had a soar throat. In most cases, the other family members, minus one caregiver, could have attended. God did not prevent the family from attending. There are times when God allows difficulties within a family, which prevents the whole family from attending, . high level weather conditions or death in the family. These are things over which we have no control, or “providential hinderances.”
The biblical usage is always a great guide, but we must remember that language usage changes with time. What it meant in scripture may be diferent than how we use it today. That is why language history is so important.
This was fun to consider. Thank you!