Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. — Benjamin Franklin
People often say things in haste or anger that they will regret later. If anyone is around to hear them say it, it is almost certain that it will be repeated, taken out of context, added to, or taken away from. The spoken word seems to take on a life of its own.
Have you ever had someone unload their burdens on you and at the end say, “but don’t tell anyone.” The next thing you know you hear someone else repeating the story and you haven’t told a soul, so you know the person whom the story belongs to is out spreading it themselves.
Even when people are in a courtroom, put their hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, they may be trying to do exactly that, but it is coming from their own perception of the truth.
In the end, only God knows the whole truth about anything. Only God knows the root cause and the outcome of any given situation. When we try to figure things out and add our two cents, we usually only make things worse.
Have you ever been tempted to rehash a hurtful event in your past that you thought you had forgiven and forgotten? As soon as the words escape the lips that old battle must be conquered again and again until we learn to take our thoughts captive.
I am impressed with these questions, “What if people talked to God alone about a troublesome situation instead of talking to anybody and everybody that will stand still and listen to them?”
What if people spent as much time praying as they do voicing an opinion or asking everybody else, “What do you think?” Why not ask God what He thinks instead of taking an opinion poll?
I’ll be the first to admit that I have been guilty on many occasions of trying to make sense of things that I can do nothing about. As a matter of fact, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t do this to some extent. We want to understand “why” things happen the way they do. We want to analyze and put pieces together to get a whole picture. The trouble is, without all the details from every angle, we may come up with absolutely the wrong conclusions, convince ourselves we’ve figured it out, and then believe our own half-truths.
Proverbs 11:13 says, “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter.”
The only one who can be entirely trusted to keep a secret or to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth is God alone.
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