Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 15, 2020
This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant. Genesis 37:10-11, NLT
Having just celebrated a birthday with the number zero at the end, I am reflective of what God has next. I thought about the prophet Joel’s words concerning the last days, “Old men will dream dreams and young men will see visions”. I don’t feel old, but my spirit is restless to not miss all the Spirit has for my next season of service. By God’s grace I want to avoid coasting to the finish line of life, preferring to unleash my soul to sprint through the tape. What dreams can I dream that only the Lord can accomplish? A life without dreams ceases to live, but with dreams comes alive.
Joseph was a dreamer! Because the Lord was with Joseph—the Lord spoke to Joseph through dreams. In typical teenage form he was not discreet in his sharing of what God had revealed to him. His brothers’ emotions boiled over in jealous anger while his father Jacob mulled over what his divinely inspired dreams might mean. Joseph suffered severely as his dreams came true. He didn’t blame others for his misfortune and saw God at work around him. What was meant for evil—God meant for good, so Joseph dreamed dreams only God could accomplish.
“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike” (Joel 2:28-29).
Do you dream big dreams of how God can work through you? Were you once a dreamer for the Lord, but over time settled into a routine without significant challenge? If so, ask the Holy Spirit to ignite your spirit to seek what He seeks, release your soul to a passionate love of what the Father loves, and train your body to serve how Jesus serves—with selfless, tireless energy. Pray, “Lord, what is your heart for me over the next 20 years? How can I love out of your abiding love? Look around you, and look at how the Lord is working—join Him—follow His dreams for you.
When my life has no more risk in it and no more dreams, it is no longer life.
Dreams of daring to nurture a family who leaves a legacy of faithfulness to fulfill God’s will. Dreams of a radical love for children that makes sure every child has an opportunity to grow up in a loving home. Dreams of the eradication of racism, so all God’s children enjoy equality and opportunity without a hint of evil injustice. Dreams of sharing the gospel so everyone on earth has heard the good news of Jesus at least once before anyone hears it twice. Dreams of an organization focused on building God’s Kingdom now, in anticipation of His Kingdom to come. Dream God’s big dreams and the Lord will be with you to grow you and to glorify His name.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all” (Proverbs 3:5-6, MSG).
Heavenly Father, give me the faith and courage to never stop dreaming dreams with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
What old dream of mine do I need to ask the Lord to resurrect?
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