Dreams are powerful tools that God uses in our lives and they serve many purposes. In the story of Joseph, many recognize the dreams as prophetic and that is unfortunate. Prophetic means it has purpose in knowing the future – for Joseph it only landed him in ill repute with his family.
No, the dreams were meant only for Joseph. God knew that to create the leader He needed to keep the Israelite family fed during the famine, that leader being Joseph, He would have to take Joseph through some life challenges that would almost be unbearable. In order for Joseph to hang on and complete his leadership maturity, he would need something supernatural to hope on and believe in.
His dreams did that for him. Given twice for emphasis, God placed a hope in Joseph that sustained him and connected him with God throughout his time as a slave and a prisoner. His attitude was kept safe and sound and he endured well as he rested in his hopes that God would do what He said He would do.
I think God has given all of us that kind of hope. We might have forgotten the miraculous moment in our lives when He spoke to us or maybe we think we have somehow missed the mark and the call has been lifted from our lives and we are now on the shelf – waiting for nothing, God has chosen someone else.
God does not fail – when He has chosen and called He will finish what He set out to do in your life and in my life. I think that is why He dislikes suicide so much – us admitting there is no God or us admitting that putting our hope in God is absolutely of no avail.
What has God given you to sustain your hope in Him and His purpose in your life? I pray that you already know and if you have forgotten, I pray that He will help remind you.
Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words. He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have had another dream: the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, “What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow to the ground before you?” – Genesis 37:5-10
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.Robert H. Goddard
US physicist & pioneer rocket engineer (1882 – 1945