He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds.
Have you ever paused to consider the number of times dreams were involved in the birth of Christ? According to the Bible, God used at least five dreams regarding the events of the birth of Christ:
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream to tell him Mary’s child was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20).
God warned the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod (Matthew 2:12).
After the wise men left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to flee to Egypt and stay there (Matthew 2:13).
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream in Egypt to tell him Herod had died and it was safe to return home (Matthew 2:19).
Joseph learned the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son. God warned Joseph in a dream, so he left for Galilee instead (Matthew 2:22).
One of the five dreams was for the wise men, but the other four were dreams God gave Joseph. God communicated to Joseph through dreams and Joseph understood the dreams as communication from God.
Our culture of rationalism dismisses dreams as our mind unwinding or the after-effects of something we ate. I was taught that dreams were meaningless. But as I inspected the Bible further, I realized there were so many dreams in the Bible, it couldn’t be meaningless. And if God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), then He still communicates that way. God doesn’t change.
In fact, God said after He poured out the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), He would communicate through dreams more, not less: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28).
God gives us dreams, but He also wants us to understand them so we can act on them as Joseph and others did. Who can interpret dreams?
The Joseph of Genesis was a dreamer. When Pharaoh asked him to interpret a dream, Joseph replied, “It is beyond my power to do this. . . . But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease” (Genesis 41:16).
Another example is Daniel. When the king wanted Daniel to interpret his dream, Daniel replied, “it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart” (Daniel 2:30).
When you have a dream, ask God what it means and he will tell you. Don’t write off God’s messages as day-old leftovers from the fridge.
Lord, I believe dreams are from you. I want to start understanding what you tell me in my dreams. Give me the ability to recall my dreams so I can wake up and ask you to interpret them for me. Thank you for this fascinating way of communicating with my spirit while I sleep.
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