Be discrete with whom you share the special things God reveals to you. They foster jealousy and resentment in those at the end of their ropes. Relationships are delicate and easily bruised by unthoughtful words carelessly spoken.
Is there a jealous person who would like to throw you into a pit? That person could be your sibling, your friend, your colleague, your boss…
The story of Joseph is one of those stories we never tire of hearing. Jacob exercises poor judgment and sends Joseph to check on the older brothers.
The sight of Joseph in his flamboyant coat ignites the brothers’ hatred. They plot his murder. Reuben the eldest son steps in the gap and pleads for Joseph’s life. They compromise, throw him in a pit and then sell him into slavery. Sibling jealousy forced Joseph to the end of his rope.
Today the “Let’s kill him” attitude is, “Let’s throw cold water all over his dreams. Let’s not compliment their new clothes. Let’s mock his new faith and knock the heart right out of him.” With friends like that, who needs enemies?
Can you identify with Joseph and his brothers? Have you ever been pushed to the point where you found yourself pondering physical or psychological harm to another?
It’s possible that like Joseph, God is showering His favour on you. All the right doors are opening to/for you at just the right time. None of your children challenges your’s or God’s authority. Your home is not turned into a domestic war zone. You’ve never had an end of the rope experience. Every decision and choice you make seems to be right every time.
Hold God’s purposes for your life close to your chest. There is a time in which God will make them public. Premature disclosure can trigger a negative reaction among your close relationships.