‘Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him.’ Genesis 37:5 NKJV
First, dreamers are willing to make trade-offs. When God puts a dream in your heart you’ll have to make certain trade-offs, like forfeiting popularity for the pursuit of excellence and short-term pleasure for long-term fulfilment. Paul understood this principle: ‘The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me.’ (Acts 20:23–24 NKJV)
Second, dreamers aren’t always appreciated. ‘Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him.’ Some people won’t appreciate your dream because it reminds them of the dream they never had, or one they abandoned. And when they try to talk you out of your dream, often they’re trying to talk themselves back into their comfort zone. They will present you with every ‘rational’ excuse they’ve ever given themselves. So how should you respond? Love them, help them if you can, but don’t be influenced by those who have given up on their dream. Author John Mason says, ‘If you move with God you’ll be critiqued. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing and be nothing.’ (Even then you might be criticised—for doing nothing!)
Third, dreamers are overcomers. Joseph’s dream enabled him to overcome temptation at the hands of Potiphar’s wife, betrayal by his family, false imprisonment and a lot of other things that cause us to quit. God’s purpose alone should be the stuff of which your dream is made. To discover your dream, get to know yourself: your strengths and weaknesses. Observe where God has placed you, seek His counsel, and look for opportunities and ‘Kingdom connections’. When you do, He will give you a dream for your life and help you fulfil it.
SoulFood: 2 Chr 16–18, Lk 16:1–18, Ps 119:105–112, Prov 21:28–31
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023