Leland and I were ministering in a Bible Study group. Leland made the statement that the Holy Spirit always warns us of danger. We may not always “hear” or discern it or obey or listen to that voice – but He always does. (John 16:13)
A man immediately interjected that this was not true. The worst thing to happen to his family had no warning. He proceeded to explain.
The man and his family were driving home from his son’s ballgame. It had started to lightly snow. They decided to stop at a local restaurant to get a meal before driving on home.
By the time they had finished, it was snowing very heavily with mixed in rain and ice. On the way to their home, they lost control of the car and suffered a horrific accident.
Their son had been stabbed in the throat with a piece of metal from somewhere in the car. The wife had slammed her head on a window. I don’t recall what happened to the daughter or man, but some sort of injury.
The medics were able to save his son, but it was a close call. There was a long recovery for the son and wife.
The man was belligerent with Leland. He declared he had no warning and was adamant that God didn’t keep them from the accident.
Later on during snacks and chit chat, the man was standing in the kitchen recounting the accident. At one point he made a couple of little statements.
“I thought about not stopping to eat but we were hungry and the weather wasn’t that bad. We even had two ways we could have gone home from the restaurant. I thought about going the long way but wanted to get home before the weather worsened. God didn’t warn me not to go that way.
A few of us glanced at one another but didn’t say a word. Can you figure out why?
Hint: sometimes God will drop a thought into your mind. It’s up to you to take the time to see if it’s God and not override that thought (prompting).
John 16:13 (CJB) However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative but will say only what He hears. He will also announce to you the events of the future.