It is too late to shut the gate after the sheep have escaped
mistakes, yet how we handle them will indicate if we have learned our lesson. Don’t override your conscience, common-sense or rush into things. Sometimes it is only a trivial matter or we are given a second chance, other times there is none so we need to live in close touch with the Holy Spirit and ask for discernment and His guidance as we navigate the complexities of life. Adam and Eve weren’t given the opportunity to correct or undo the rebellion against God’s command not to eat of the forbidden fruit (Gen 2:16,17). This seemingly small sin had monumental consequences that are still being experienced by all of creation. We are encouraged to, “Consider the path of your feet and only take ways that are firm” (Prov 4:26).
Frequently hindsight is viewed with regret. ‘If I’d known then what I know now…’ is an oft-repeated lament when looking back on past actions with pangs of conscience and remorse. However, on the positive side with hindsight we can also recognize God’s care for us, the multitude of experiences of His life-redeeming grace and mercy towards us through His providence extended towards us.
Knowing the necessity to be saved is of no use to the person who puts it off until death overtakes them.