Joseph was just a teenager of 17. He received two significant dreams that he foolishly, and in a bit of arrogance, shared with his family. Of course, if you know the story, his brothers hated him for the content of those dreams and for expressing them. (Genesis 37:1-11)
It would be another 20 or so years until those dreams became reality. During those years he experienced some really low periods, like jail time in a king’s dungeon for a false accusation. But Joseph held onto his dreams from God.
A dream is a direction that you feel led toward from your spirit, not your head. It typically incorporates your personal bent and gifts. When God sparks a dream in your heart, it’s difficult to let it go. I have experienced many dreams/visions fulfilled over my 65 years. As I look back, I am in awe of what my heavenly Father has brought about. That said, I also believe there are still many more dreams to be fulfilled. It takes a dream, a vision from the Lord to move you on.
It’s not that we’re discontent, for if we are, we’ll most likely remain where we’re presently at for some time. Dreams are from God about what’s next, what He’s preparing you for and that means you need to finish what you’re doing. We need to complete it well, with integrity and no burned bridges. There is something about completing a vision or taking it as far as God desires you to. We must find contentment in what our Father has given our hands to do. Godliness with contentment is great gain. (I Timothy 6:6)
Author Steve Addison wrote, “Discontent without vision leads to cynicism, but a dream without action is a fantasy.”
God downloads a life-giving dream into your spirit, you begin to consciously see it and either meditate on what the Father is saying or begin excusing why the thought couldn’t be God and dismiss it. If we have our eyes on his present circumstances only, we’ll feel as though Joseph missed God or God missed Joseph. Not so. Life was happening to Joseph, but all for a reason.
God was wasting nothing. His plan was coming about. In Genesis 45 we see that Joseph’s heart was broken as his brothers knelt before him and he sobbed uncontrollably. Did he miss his brothers? Yes. Did he miss his father? Yes. But perhaps that is not why he was crying. Maybe, just maybe, he was crying because the dream he had as a child was being fulfilled, before his very own eyes. Nothing was amiss or awry. God did not mess up or forget one single detail. All those years of suffering now melted away with purpose and fulfillment. All those years of not knowing about his homeland or his family while in Egypt, are now history with the exuberance of a fulfilled dream taking place before him.
Do you have a dream? Is there something inside of you? Is there something you are passionate about to pursue? If not, ask God for a dream, a vision from Him. Give your dreams a place in your prayer life. Write down what you hear your Father speak to you and write down the answers He reveals. As Habakkuk 2:2 says – “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”
We have a brand-new year ahead of us – 2020. Maybe you gave up on a dream or thought it too lofty; consider re-digging those wells. Give thanks for the many fulfilled dreams in your life and expect, anticipate many more. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 NLT)