Posted by: New in Every Way | June 18, 2012

When a Dream Isn’t Just a Dream

One of the amazing things about the story of Jacob (Does He Even Know I Exist?) is that God pointed him in the right direction and gave him heart for the journey . . . with a dream.

Jacob wasn’t the only one who received from God a dream that made all the difference. A young man named Joseph had a dream in which his family all bowed down to him—and he shared the dream with them. You guessed it—his brothers hated him . . . more. They were already jealous of him because he was their father’s favorite.

You probably know the rest of the story: How his brothers sold him to a caravan of merchants headed for Egypt. How Joseph became slave to a high-ranking Egyptian, won his favor, but ended up in prison due to a false accusation. How, in spite of all that, he ended up second to Pharaoh in authority over Egypt—and his father and brothers came from their drought-stricken home to him to buy grain. And, yes—not recognizing who he was—they bowed to him.

As a spoiled young man, Joseph could easily believe a dream that set him above his brothers—and even his parents. As slave and then prisoner in a foreign land, how reasonable was it to believe then? But the dream was no fluke. And the history of his family and the world was changed because he held on to it.

 “Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time . . .
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come . . . (Joel 2:2b-3 NKJV).


Making It Personal

  • What is your dream? (If you can’t identify your dream—who is your hero? That says a lot about the identity and destiny God planted in your heart.)
  • Have you thought, “Oh, that couldn’t happen. Not for me.” Why not?
  • Are your negative circumstances any greater than Joseph’s? Is your dream really impossible?
  • Could it be God gave you this dream for more reasons than you know? Are you taking hold of it?


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