Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. Genesis 37:5
I don’t know why this popped into my head this morning, but none-the-less, it did. Sometimes when that happens, God is trying to show me something, but often it’s to bring revelation to others. I’m not sure which this is at present, but perhaps it will present itself as I type.
A dream in itself is just a dream. It can puzzle us with it’s meaning, or simply have no meaning at all. Reoccurring dreams are usually something that’s meant to be either a warning or a wake-up to a future event. I believe that’s what Joseph had, his error in judgement brought on his brothers hatred.
When I was younger and began having visions or dreams, I shared them with anyone who would listen. I’d never had them before, so I guess I was hoping someone would tell me what they meant. When I was young, I thought as a child…..truer words were never spoken. But as I matured, I realized the value in holding onto my dreams and allowing clarity to come along the way.
Knowing the whole of Josephs story, those young dreams make sense. But think about this; how would it feel to read a book only to discover that the first 3/4 of the book was missing. It would be hard to piece it all together, wouldn’t it be.
I think of the prophets of old, prophesying an unimaginable end, one that held things they had never seen before. How would you describe it? What reference would you have? If you’d never seen an airplane and the technology wasn’t there, what would you call it?
I often hear modern day prophets, those who have stepped into a realm that makes no sense, but have been told to release what they’ve seen to their sphere of influence, only to be ridiculed and condemned as heretics when what they spoke didn’t come to pass. What do I have to say about that? Well, since they work for God and answer to Him, I’ll just stay focused on my job and leave them to theirs.
Bottom line, sharing may bring hate, so what? Didn’t Jesus say, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ (Matthew 10:34-36)
I don’t know why people choose to hate rather then love, but they do. I don’t understand why someone would choose to walk away from a God who loves them so much, that He gave His only Son to allow them to fellowship with Him. Who wouldn’t want to experience that? But so many choose not to.
There are even Christians who would rather have a man tell them what they should do rather than sitting at the feet of the Father who promised to lead them into all truth. A Father who created us for relationship, waits for us to draw near to Him so He can give us dreams and visions, allowing us to glimpse His great plans, but we’re too busy.
So the next time you hear a prophetic voice, or have a dream or see a vision, know that it’s merely a peek into a future you may or may not see yourself. Keep it hidden in your heart and watch and see what the Lord does with it.