Updated: Dec 2, 2019
I like using the story of Joseph in the Bible, the 11th child of Jacob, who had two dreams in which God showed him things that would happen at a later time in his life. Joseph was only seventeen and didn’t understand the importance of guarding his dreams. So he shared his dreams with his family and that changed the trajectory of his life.
Like Joseph, God often speaks to us though our dreams (while we are sleeping) but we miss out on what He is saying because we either don’t understand, or we’re not paying attention. God speaks to us through dreams because, for some of us, it is only while we’re sleeping that our spirit is quiet enough for Him to get through to us. If you look throughout the scriptures you will see how God uses dreams to warn or give instructions to different people. He uses our dreams to give us a vision for our lives.
The beauty about dreaming is that we don’t have to be asleep to dream. We can dream with our eyes wide open. You know those thoughts you have when you zone out in the midst of a conversation with a friend? Or when you’re relaxing on your couch thinking of something that you would really love to do? Yes, those are also dreams. They are called daydreams. It is a powerful way to use the gift of imagination that God created us with. In Ephesians 3:20 we are told that God can do infinitely more that we can ask (through prayer), or think (using our imagination), so be careful what you are using your imagination for.
But I want to talk to you about the importance of guarding the vision that God has given you through your dreams. In Genesis 37 we see that Joseph’s dreams – the vision of his future self – weren’t things he conjured up on his own. They were God-given. When he shared his dreams with his father and brothers he thought they would be happy for him, or at least help him to understand what they meant. Instead, his father, Jacob, criticized him and his brothers became jealous of him, to the point where they sold him into slavery and lied to their father that he was killed by a wild animal.
Joseph’s brothers hated him for the magnitude of his dreams. God never gives us small dreams. The dreams he has for us are massive beyond our own imaginations. As a result of his brothers’ jealousy, Joseph ended up as a slave in Egypt in Potiphar’s house, where Potiphar’s wife later accused him of sexual misconduct which landed Joseph in jail. Do you see the damage that can be caused by sharing your dreams with the wrong people?
Not everybody will be happy or supportive of your vision. Unfortunately, not even your own family. You just have to know that this is what God told you to do and hold to it despite the opposition. God has a plan for your life and He will bring it to pass if you don’t give up on those dreams. So I encourage you today to activate or re-activate your God-given dreams which you may have set aside because of opposition. The situation doesn’t have to be perfect for you to start working on it. Start small, stretch your faith and allow God to move you forward. With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.