‘…They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.’ Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV
Many people have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to dreams. The saying, ‘If you believe it, you can achieve it,’ is simply not true. Just about every child dreams of being able to fly like a bird but it’s not going to happen, no matter how much they imagine it. Ever watch Australian Idol? Some of the contestants are clueless when it comes to their ability. They sing off key, they screech, they bellow and they howl. And when they’re told that they’re not good enough by the judges, these wannabe stars throw tantrums and say, ‘That’s just your opinion. I’m great.’ We all need a reality check. Faith is not fantasy. It’s not mind over matter. It’s not having a lottery mindset. People who think this way believe that if they somehow show up at the right place at the right time and make the right connections, then presto, their fantasy will come true! Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy? But it isn’t. Ralph Waldo Emerson observed: ‘Shallow men believe in luck…strong men believe in cause and effect.’ When God gives you a dream you need faith to bring it to pass. So the question you need to ask yourself is, ‘Is my dream from God?‘ When it is, you’ll have the necessary gifts and talents to fulfil it. And what you lack, God will provide in additional relationships and resources. The trouble with chasing a fantasy is that while you’re doing it you’re not fulfilling the dream God has given you for your life.
SoulFood: 2 Chron 16-18, John 11:38-57, Ps 81, Pr 27:1-3
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011