The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Edward Lindaman said, “It helps to realize that everything that is now possible, was at one time impossible. In every case someone, somewhere, dared to dream, dared to imagine something a little better, a little different."
Impossible dreams are often the result of the extraordinary faith of the dreamer.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Faith ventures out to see things that no one else sees. Faith imagines what God says should be the case and reaches out to attain to it. Dreams are the result of knowing that God can make the impossible possible and the unseeable seen.
In ministry circles this is often referred to as “Vision.” Proverbs 29:18a says in the New American Standard Bible “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained” (or parish) The word “vision” here means “revelation or message or direction from God.”
It all takes powerful, visionary faith, based on God’s Word and divine guidance to see where we should go and what we should do.
One great dreamer in the Bible is Jacob’s next to youngest son, Joseph. That boy could dream. To his family those dreams were allusions of grandeur. To him, they were revelation from God. To us, these dreams turn out to be prophetic.
Joseph was the 11th son of 12 to his father, Jacob. He was loved too much by his father and despised by all of his older brothers. They were his half- brothers, but his mother was his father’s favorite wife. He was the favorite by a long shot. That is the main reason his brothers were weary of these incredible dreams.
Let’s take a look at two of them:
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” Genesis 37:5-7
Then he had a second dream:
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” These dreams were scoffed at by his brothers and made them hate him all the more because of their jealousy.
But, let’s look at this dreamer and where his dreams took him. Even when sold into slavery by his brothers, he was an exceptional slave. He turned his master’s home into a machine. Then, when unfairly thrown into prison, he was such a model prisoner that they turned the prison over to him to administrate the facility. He was so highly viewed that prisoners came to him with their problems and personal dreams. Eventually, one of the prisoners whom Joseph had helped told the Pharaoh of Egypt that Joseph could interpret his disturbing dreams and Joseph did it. The result was that he jumped from prisoner to second in command of the entire nation. He was placed in charge of the collection and storage of food for 7 years and then the distribution of food over 7 years of famine.
Eventually, his own family would come to him for food and, you guessed it, bowed down to Joseph.
What are your dreams? Are your dreams guided by your faith? If you have dreams, follow them and seek God’s help in making in seeing them come true. Step out on faith and let the dreams God has given you bear fruit in your life and for the world.
This Sunday we will continue our series of messages titled Any Nobody Can Become Somebody The transformative power of God in people. This Sunday’s message is The Good Son based on Genesis 37. I hope you will join us in person, on Facebook Live, on YouTube or on our website www.fccclovis.com.
Dreaming with you,