You don’t have to tell everything you know.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. – Genesis 37:5

Joseph dreamed that his brothers all bowed down to him, as though he ruled over them. In his excitement, he went to his brothers and told them the dream. His brothers already despised him because their father favored Joseph over them. When he told them of this dream that inferred that he would rule over them in the future, they loathed him all the more. They even plotted to kill him later on.

You don’t always have to tell everything you know. God may reveal something to you, but it might be meant for all to know what God said, at least not at that time. We know that what harm his brothers intended for him God used to save their family in hard times and to provide the lineage that would spawn the Messiah. However, Joseph may not have had to go the route that he did had he not spouted off to his brothers as he did through arrogance and knowing he was the favorite son. Let us learn from Joseph’s mistake. God does speak to us, but we need to know who to and when to say it. We can avoid a lot of grief and heartache if we just learn to know when to speak and when to remain silent.

Father, thank you for giving us wisdom when we ask for it. You’ve made it known to us through the apostle James that if we lack wisdom to ask you for it. He said that you are willing and able to give us wisdom but to ask for it with right motive and with faith. Today, I ask you for the wisdom I need regarding several important matters in my life regarding work and home. I know the time soon approaches that things will have to be revealed at work, but please give me the wisdom and right words to say at that time. I don’t want to spout off and speak out of line and jeopardize what you’ve given me. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.