<<looking back>>

It is easy to know the right thing to do after it has already happened; so learn from your mistakes and failures to gain wisdom by reflecting on past decisions so with insight and planning you make better choices going forward. “Be careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Eph 5:15,16). We all make

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.

It is by looking back we can see how the Lord has led us and arranged the events of our lives. This gives encouragement and comfort in difficult times.

See also: consequences, decisions, discernment, mistakes, past, reflect, regret, repentance, second chance, wisdom.