Life is never as bad as it is when you’re talking to someone in private. Then weird emotions come forth, evil things are said, problems are exaggerated, rumors are started, bad attitudes are fed.
This is even worse when you are in private with a person who feeds this disposition. Sometimes listeners are the worst thing in the world. Listeners should stop sometimes.
Following God’s Word is not all that hard. it’s straight-forward stuff, it’s not hard to figure out what to do. The problem is when we talk about it. Soon, what seemed so easy, becomes difficult, maybe even impossible and stupid.
Wilderness Israel was to listen to God. He told them what to do, lead them with a pillar of fire. Easy.
Until they got home at night.
“they believed not his word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.”
It was the talk in the tent that ruined their walk in public and brought them all down. O for discretion in what to hear and what to say.