Keep It On The Low Low
“When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.” -Matthew 2:12 NLT
When you have God given dreams & visions, they aren't meant to be shared with everyone. Although some may seem to share your joy, they can possibly have negative intent behind their "joy." Be careful who you share your dreams with.
When Jesus was born, some wise men were put onto his birth before most people even realized what was about to happen. These wise men set out on a search to look for Baby Jesus. I'm sure they were so excited about this knowledge they had gained. When they arrived to Kind Herod, they asked where the new born king (Jesus) was. The Bible says that King Herod was deeply disturbed by the news of this newborn King Jesus. Clearly he did not share the same joy as the wise men did.
King Herod went on to pretend that he was so ecstatic to hear about Jesus being born, but he really had ill intent in his heart. He told the wise men to finish their quest for Jesus, and then to be sure to let him know his whereabouts whenever they finally found him.
Let's break this down.
When God shares his plans for our lives, of course we are filled with joy. Naturally you want to tell everyone that you come across. It's a beautiful space to be in, but not everyone should be welcomed into that space.
The calling over your life is so sacred that spending time in prayer about who should be in on your plans is so necessary.
It can be a hard pill to swallow, but everyone isn't for you. Not everyone will celebrate with you. There may be some people that genuinely want to be excited for you, but their battle with their own insecurities may not allow them to be. There will be others who like King Herod pretend to share your joy, but really have ill intent in their hearts.
Because the wise me were in communication with God, he warned them about Kind Herod, and they avoided a bad situation by listening to God and taking another route home, without reporting back to King Herod.
If this shows us anything, it is that we need to be in constant communication with God about sharing our dreams with others.
Like everything that I write, I am still in the process of learning to seek God before I open my mouth, but at the end of the day I believe that it is so necessary.
Pray before you speak. Not everyone deserves to hear what you have to say.