The Dreamer

by Carolyn Hope

Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” 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?” (Genesis 37:9-10)

As a young man, Joseph had profound dreams. The Bible records two, though there could have been more. Eager and excited, Joseph shared his dreams with his family. Unfortunately, his family responded with frustration and skepticism. I wonder if Joseph had more dreams after these encounters, but he simply kept quiet about them.

Dreams are vulnerable. Presenting a vision, a deep desire, or even an idea is risky. A wrong response can crush one’s heart. If a hopeful dream is met with rejection or mockery, it can be detrimental and very painful for the dreamer.

God has put dreams in your heart. There are visions, desires, and hopes embedded deep into your soul. Don’t deny your dreams; don’t hide them away. There is wisdom in being careful, however. Whom you share your dreams with is important. Find someone trustworthy, someone who will speak life into your dreams and hope into your future.

Keep dreaming. You may have had people downplay or doubt your dreams. Don’t listen to the voices that whisper defeat. Hold onto the dreams God has given you. He is faithful, and will surely do as He has promised.

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Response

by Carolyn Hope

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)

The disciples were already following Jesus, but when He revealed His glory, they believed in Him. They saw with their own eyes what He could do, and suddenly, everything changed.

Our response to revelation should be belief. When we stand before the King and watch Him move, our faith increases. We may not see Jesus face to face yet, as the disciples did, but we can certainly see His hand in our lives.

Jesus has revealed and will reveal His glory in your life. Let your response be that of belief and gratitude. If you find yourself in a place where it doesn’t seem clear how God is moving in your life, keep crying out for revelation, and remember the times you have seen Him move. There is beauty in remembrance. Remembering God’s faithfulness in your life is a great way to boost your faith and keep pressing forward. Look for Him; you will find Him, and when you see Jesus, everything will change.

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