Daily D – Genesis 37:11
Genesis 37:11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant. (NLT)
Dreamers come in two styles: Unlimited and Unreal. Unreal dreamers traffic in self-centered fantasies. Unlimited dreamers hear and follow the voice of God. Where do your dreams originate?
Joseph’s story found in Genesis 37-50, we see dreams initiated, dreams stripped of all temptation toward fantasy, and dreams fulfilled to the benefit of entire nations.
Somewhere along the way, someone has offered you wise counsel saying, “Don’t fall in love with a dreamer.” Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes even sang a hit song by that title the year I graduated from high school.
How could we not, however, love Joseph? God’s dreams for him were better than anything he could have fantasized. They accomplished more than he could have planned. They blessed even those who wanted him dead.
Dare to dream. Invite God to shape your dreams and turn those dreams into reality. Guard against self-centered fantasies. Remember the Abraham Rule when it comes to distinguishing between God Dreams and selfish fantasies: God blesses us to bless others. God Dreams are as big as the whole world. Fantasies are as small as the period representing my life on the scroll of all humanity across the ages when all I cared about was me.
What dream has God placed in your heart and mind? What does he want to do through you to build a better world? How will he use you to save many lives? How will he empower you to overcome every obstacle?
I will live a life shaped by God’s dreams for me.
Our Father, fill my mind with your wonders. Take this life and express yourself in such a manner that souls are saved, lives are changed, everyone is benefited, and only you are remembered. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.