‘Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed.’ Genesis 42:9 NKJV
The dream God gave Joseph sustained him through experiences that would crush many of us. He was resented by his family, repeatedly tempted by his boss’ wife, then thrown into prison for thirteen years for a crime he never committed. Yet at his lowest points God was with him, arranging each step he took and positioning him to fulfil his calling as the deliverer of his people. The psalmist talks about the strange way in which God led Joseph: ‘Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—Joseph, who was sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfil his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.’ (Psalm 105:17–19 NLT)
Your gender does not limit God, and your age is no problem to Him. Society may glamorise youth and marginalise old age, but your season of life doesn’t limit God. But in order to have confidence that God will fulfil your dream, you must know that it was born of His Spirit: ‘Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.’ (Romans 8:8 NKJV) Your dream cannot be born out of your unmet ego needs, or a selfish desire to have the same level of success as someone else, or your need to ‘prove’ something to someone like your ex, or your family, or your boss, or your peers, etc. Check the source of your dream, because when God is the source, He will provide all the resources necessary to fulfil it. Do you have a dream? No? Ask God to give you one!
SoulFood: Rom 13:12–14:19, John 1:1–14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019
Many Christians, believing that their trust in God should eliminate things like doubt and fear, keep quiet about their anxiety or try their best to ignore it, feeling like a failure because their mental health is less than perfect.