And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
“Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” (Genesis 37:19-20)
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. (Genesis 45:3-5 (NIV)
But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay.
There are those whose dreams consist of money, fame, prestige, the acclamation of material wealth i.e. houses and land, designer clothes and jewelry, fine cars etc., etc. This is the epitome of the world’s standard of success – making it big! But what does God have to say about such ‘wealth’, such ‘gain’? Is it profitable to the soul? Does the acquisition of wealth ensure happiness and peace? Or does it dull the mind into a false sense of security and self-sufficiency? Is it right for a born-again Christian to seek after such things? God forbid.
But one may say, “God desires us to prosper as our soul prospers!” This is true but may I ask, is God’s definition of prosperity the same as men?
When God elevated Joseph to the position of authority and wealth in Egypt it was not so that Joseph could sit back on his laurels and reap accolades and riches to his self. It was not so that he could say, “See, look at my great reward for suffering!” God added unto Joseph for the benefit of a nation of people. He placed him in the position of power and authority to enable him to save Israel, thereby bringing glory to God and being an example to us.
A dream of prosperity crafted by God, is more than a dream: it’s a vision. Every vision given by God is a blessing. For “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18)
However that scripture ends with a modifying clause: “but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
My friends, material wealth does not ensure happiness. Money can make one comfortable; it can ease the financial strains of life most certainly but it cannot bring soul-peace. Look at the celebrities of the world. Most of them go from one romantic partner to another; their marriages break up quicker than a May/December romance, and they’re always seeking to ‘look’ young out of fear that as age creeps up they will no longer be viable.
Is that happiness? Is it peace?
Spending a lifetime, running from pillar to post in search of a wholeness that money can’t buy is a wasted life. I am of a mind to agree with David: “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”
Beloved, we are living in perilous times; times that compel us to dwell in holy places, to live continually in the presence of the Lord. God said, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”
Knowledge of what? Knowledge of Him!
He goes on to say, “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” (Hosea 4:6)
What an indictment! I don’t want God to forget me or my seed.
Do you remember when Jesus was speaking to the multitude and a woman cried out “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”? Jesus responded, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)
Jesus Christ equates love of Him and the Father with obedience to His word. Not hearing his word only, not knowing his word only but obeying His word.
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Does one have to give up aspirations, dreams, to follow Christ? Not necessarily but we must be able and willing to do so – freely. Jesus Christ warned the disciple who wanted to say good-bye to his mother and father of the cost of following him. God gave his all – his very best – for us. Are we to give less?
I’ve always been a dreamer; I have a very vivid imagination. This wasn’t necessarily a good thing when I was in the world. But it can be advantageous in the Spirit. Why? Because if I ask God for a dream and walk according to his word I am sure to find peace and happiness! Remember Proverbs 29:18? I am asking my Lord to give me his dreams in place of my own. As I seek after Him in prayer, in the study of His word and in obedience I know that the dreams he gives me will come true.
God never disappoints. He never fails and he elevates those who seek after his righteousness. With money? Some times. With spiritual wealth? All the time.
I encourage you to dream. Dream those dreams that are given by God and be willing to obey His word in season and out. Accept what God has envisioned for your life; embrace His vision as your own. God has mighty riches in store for us all, riches that are far beyond the temporary pleasures of this life. May we live so abundantly in the presence of the Lord that the world will look on and say, “Ah there look, the dreamers come!”