Dreams. Sometimes we dream silly dreams. Others can be scary or bizarre. But then there are times when the dreams are confusing.
On my part, I don’t dream too much. Daydream? Yes. But I don’t feel like I am a “dreamer”.
To be honest, dreams confound me. They are often close to reality but certainly not real.
But for today, I am not talking about my dreams but the dreams of a cocky teenager from the book of Genesis.
The whole story can be found in Genesis 37-50.
Joseph had some dreams. And as a 17 year old, he was not mature enough for the dreams to be fulfilled. His eleven brothers hated Joseph. He was the favorite. His dad gave him the best coat. Joseph was spoiled.
So his brothers took action. And if it was not for Reuben, Joseph would have been killed. Instead, being stripped of the robe, he was thrown into a pit, sold to merchants, and transported to Egypt.
All of these things might have confused Joseph. He had dreams after all! Had not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob given those dreams?!?! So why was he now ripped from his family and in captivity in a foreign nation?
But he works hard. Promotion. He is now making a life for himself. Then the temptations. Potipher’s wife. It has been said that opportunity knocks but temptation leans on the doorbell. This woman had it bad for Joseph.
But our cocky little dreamer has been growing up. He stayed true! Way to go Joseph!
And now back to prison. More hard work. More promotion. Dreams. And it was the dreams of the baker, cupbearer and even Pharaoh that eventually got Joseph out of prison.
Second in command of all of Egypt. Dude! These last few years have been rough, to say the least, but Joseph is finally in place. In place for what?
For the dreams to come true and be fulfilled.
Time does not permit me to go into the whole story. Please read it for yourself. It truly is one of the most amazing stories in the Bible.
I will conclude with a few thoughts about Joseph, the dreams, and God’s destiny.
- If God gives you a dream, recognize the origin of it and then release it. There often needs to be a transformation of the dreamer after the transmission of the dream.
- If life is not going the way you think it should or there are obstacles to your dream; you can do two things; run or remain. Don’t try to escape the problem but ask to be empowered in the problem. God’s grace is greater than the grief of life.
- Dreams still not fulfilled? Keep waiting and keep working.
- Only after God has done his work can we say what Joseph said, “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Gen. 50:19-20