When God wants you to start a project, whatever it may be, He gives you an idea and/or a revelation, a vision of the project He wants you to fulfill. At this stage, discretion is required. The sooner you talk about your project, the revelation or vision you have received, the harder it will be for you to achieve or accomplish it.
Bible figures have suffered from their lack of discretion. Joseph was quick to tell his father and brothers the dreams (announcing his future elevation) he had received from God (Genesis 37:5-11). This sparked hatred in the hearts of his brothers. “Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”, they thought (Genesis 37:20). Joseph had to go through slavery and prison before he could access the elevation promised by the Lord. Would his life be less stormy if he hadn’t revealed his dreams too soon? Probably! In 1 Kings 13:1-23, the Bible also tells us the story of a young prophet who revealed more than once what God had told him in secret. He eventually fell into the traps of an old prophet, at the cost of his life.
Why does the Lord recommend discretion? Proverbs 10:19: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise“. The word “sin” means to miss the goal in Greek. Sin is not necessarily iniquity (which is “to commit evil”). We also sin when we do not reach the goal set by God. Thus, exposing a vision or project too early means taking the risk of “missing the goal”. Doesn’t the Bible say that there is a time to be silent and a time to speak? (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
God teaches us a lesson regarding discretion by using the example of the pregnant woman. When a child is conceived, it takes at least three or four months, or even more for some women, for the pregnancy to become visible to all; as if God wanted first to take the time to form the child in the womb, before revealing it to the world when it is less vulnerable. Likewise, every seed begins its life and growth buried in the earth, hidden without anyone’s knowledge, away from prying “eyes”. It thus has the time and all the latitude to develop discreetly, and to be sufficiently robust before appearing in the open air when it is able to face the bad weather (rain, sun, etc.).
When we remain silent, during the time of the preparation of our project or our vision, and we speak about it only to the Lord, it makes the vision more powerful and it is easier to bring it to fruition. Otherwise, the many adversities that arise, due to lack of discretion, can lead us to doubt that it was God who spoke to us in the first place.
The Holy Spirit might tell us specific people with whom we can share the burden at first, as a pregnant woman would do with her husband, for example. Let us listen to the Holy Spirit and he will tell us who to talk to if necessary.
“Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead” the Lord Jesus strongly recommended after the transfiguration on the mountain, in Matthew 17:9b. So, Beloved, shush!
May God bless you Beloved
Ecclesiastes 3 : 1
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: …A time to keep silence, And a time to speak”.
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise”.
“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. (…) Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming!”
Mark 5: 43
“But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat”.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”.
“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! (…) He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law”.
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