Let what pertains to you be secret to you only. Not all that is in the offing needs be revealed to another person. God’s secret for your life is to be kept to yourself. As Christians, you must not trust any one; those that you call you confidants are the one that will reveal your secret or plan to your enemy.

Samson said

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
You would not have solved my riddle!” (Jud. 14:18b)

This proverb was said by Samson after Timnah, the wife-to-be, revealed the answer to the riddle he posed to the philistines; the philistines would not have known the answer to the riddles if Samson had not told it to his wife-to-be; and if the wife-to-be had not leaked the answer to the philistines. Who can be closer to a man than his spouse? Read the story in Judges chapter 14

Christians need to be wise when it comes to telling people about the plan of God for your life or the secret to your success. Let people see what God is doing; let them contemplate on how God did it; you are to keep doing what you have to do and keep the blueprint for your success. Does this mean you cannot share your idea with anyone? Not at all, however, be careful whom to share your secret with.

Lesson from Joseph’s unwise openness

We need to learn a lesson from Joseph’s disclosure of his dream to his brothers. Joseph’s destiny for greatness was revealed to him in a dream; however, probably because he was young or ignorant of what was revealed to him, he told it to his brothers. Because of his openness, his brothers hated him, even more, because he was the beloved of their father. You cannot be too open when it comes to what pertains to you.

As Christians, we need to be guided divinely (spiritually) before we open our mouth to utter anything to anyone. The intention of Joseph’s brother was to kill the destiny of Joseph when he was stripped and sold into slavery.

The scripture states

“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! 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!” (Gen. 37:18-20)

If he had told this to his father before telling his brothers, probably his father would have advised him not to tell anyone. This is one reason I advise the youth not to despise the wise counseling of their parents. Your parents will not lead you astray; seek their counseling when it gets to the point where you don’t know what to do. Decision that is not divinely guided can send someone into unprecedented captivity.

Learn a lesson from Saul

After Samuel had anointed Saul with oil according to the command of God; on his way back home, he met his uncle and they have this short dialogue:

Then Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” So he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel.” And Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me, please, what Samuel said to you.” So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said” (1Sam. 10:14-16).

In this dialogue, Saul disclosed to his uncle the obvious thing which his uncle already knew, about finding the lost donkeys. But, he did not disclose that which is still in the offing; that which is still between him and God (matter of the kingdom); and that which has not been made known; he kept it to himself. The kingship of Saul was still in the budding stage, not yet proclaimed; why should he let it out for another one who would destroy his destiny.

As Christians, when you are still in the planning stage of a project; how to bring about you dream; pressing to achieve a goal; whatever undertaking you embark upon; or even when God has revealed to you the secret for success, keep it to yourself until the fruit of that secret reveals itself.

My advice to the youth is this, not all that glitters is gold. As the wise among you are prudent in spending and they prosper in life; likewise be wise in other aspects of life’s choices. Life that seems to be rosy in the early stage of life may not be forever, because challenges are coming on the way. Be prudent in your utterances; especially in what God has endowed you. Be wise. The scripture states,

A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Pro. 13:2-3).

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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