Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Man Who was Had by a Dream

"Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more." (Genesis 37:5).

Some people get really upset when someone else tells them about a dream they have had. Not normal people, mind you -- only religious people. And the reason they get upset is that they already hold something against the dreamer. Joseph's brothers illustrate this.

They were jealous of Joseph, because he was so favored by their father; and their jealousy moved them to do shameful things against him. Nevertheless, Joseph held true to what he believed. And why? Because he "had a dream."

Actually, when we consider the true meaning of those words, we discover that it was really the other way around. The word had means “to bind firmly.” In other words, Joseph became firmly bound up in the dream that God had given him. Dreams that are from God are spiritual experiences that root deep in your heart; never to be forgotten.

Joseph had a dream. Perhaps we could more accurately say that the dream had Joseph!

And it was that dream which carried him through all that happened to him over the years. For, like Moses before him, he “endured as seeing Him who is invisible.”

What dream from God HAS you?

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