I bet Adam didn’t know that he was trading that bite of the forbidden fruit for a fig leaf apron
I bet Noah didn’t know that the ark could stink so badly, but it sure beat going outside for fresh air.
I bet Moses didn’t know that the striking a rock twice for water would later keep him on the wrong side
of the Jordan River.
I bet Goliath didn’t know that young David had in his hand a “pocket rocket” that couldn’t miss.
I bet Lot’s wife didn’t know that one more look would be her last look.
I bet Potiphar’s wife didn’t know that her false rape accusation against Joseph would be one of the most
famous libelous lies ever uttered.
I bet Saul, before he became Apostle Paul, didn’t know that being a coat hanger for a thug mob would
later be a constant tool for humility.
There are so many things we don’t know. Most bad decisions at the time seem sensible. Very
few say to themselves, “This really is a bad idea and it is gonna cost me huge; but whatever, let’s do it
There needs to be a governor that slows you down, a whistle that means stop, a strong hand on
the shoulder that pulls you back, an alarm that shouts “Danger”. Those signals are all there in the person
of the Holy Spirit. John 16:8 paraphrase says He will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment. Not
only is He the Comforter, He is the Convictor; which means He is doing what He can to steer us in the
The trouble is we jerk our shoulder away, override the governor, ignore the whistle, or zone out
the alarm. We become blind, deaf and very dumb to the upcoming consequences. Later we say, “I wish I
had known...” and others will say “I bet he/she didn’t know that was going to happen”.
Listen to the that gentle whisper, nudge, or shout. The Holy Spirit will not ever hurt you. He will
warn you of the hurt ahead.