Dreams can be a magical thing when we believe in them. As children do, they think anything is possible. They are not limited by what they cannot see, because their unseen imagination is their guide. Children with an active imagination “see” things happening in their mind as totally possible. It makes them happy to dream. Oh, that we were a little more like children again!
We lose a bit of that as we grow up, by letting practicality and necessity determine our dreams. It is practical that we get an education, that we find work that earns us and our families a living. It is necessary to use our money wisely and prepare for the future and emergencies. But are we still open to dreaming, too? What does the Bible tell us about dreams?
- Dreams can come from the Lord. In the Bible, the Lord often spoke and/or appeared to people in dreams.
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5 NIV
2. If you do have a dream, a desire, we can take it to the Lord for HIS understanding of it. We should submit all our dreams and actions to Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 NIV
3. God is the best contractor and builder of dreams. As we would present plans to a builder, we can present dreams to God. He, as the Master Builder will help us start with a good foundation. We need God’s foundation, to have truly meaningful results.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 27:1 NIV
I have taken some liberties as far as my understanding of dreams here, but I really do think, as children of God, that we can dream more and think bigger, because He is big and nothing is impossible for Him. To me, the Bible encourages dreaming of what we can do together with God. I am no great writer, but it is a dream for me to sit here in my living room and write about God. It is also my honor and a whole lot of fun too, to do so.
What is your dream? I will pray today that you consider dreaming a bit more or dusting off a dream that God may have had for you that you put on a shelf for a bit. I can promise you this:
If you ask the Lord to help you reach a dream that honors Him, He WILL listen and guide.
Love and prayers to you from our awesome Father,