John 7:
10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”
12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”
Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

It’s important to note that Jesus did not lie to his brothers. He said he was not going with them and he did not. After they were gone, God spoke to him and prompted him to go, not with an entourage of mixed motives but as a quiet man in the background.

Both fear and love are subversive. What are you whispering about? Is there a Kairos time coming when you will speak up and not be afraid of being misunderstood? Don’t wait until you are cornered and trapped into speaking. Instead, watch for the moments that the Spirit of God gives you to tell about your hope.

Keep in mind these words by the great revival preacher Charles Spurgeon.

If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.[1]