Have you ever had a dream? By “dream” I don’t necessarily mean something you experience as you sleep at night. Rather, I mean that God-given inspiration that lodges itself in your heart and mind to work towards a specific goal and outcome. In a mere moment, you experience a crystalized thought that captures everything that you are, and becomes the primary driving force of everything you are about.
God is the giver of dreams. Through the study of Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit, God will often take a thought and like a seed, plant it into the depths of who we are. He will water and nurture that dream. And from that moment, we will passionately labor to bring that which we do not see into existence.
And from that moment, everything is a smooth ride into the sunset, right? …WRONG!
God is also the killer of dreams. It is my conviction that every dream that God births in us God will also effectually put to death. And by that I mean there is nothing God births in you that you will think it humanly possible to accomplish. You will be forced to go through periods of darkness and despair. You will be forced to go through times where you may think the dream but a distant wish. You may even begin to experience seasons of doubt, and be ready to throw in the towel. You will begin to formulate a Plan B.
But, God is also the fulfiller of dreams. But when this cycle has finally run its course, seemingly out of nowhere God will bring that which began to look all but lost into being. I think the story of Joseph in Genesis is a perfect example of this. As we all know, God gave Joseph a dream one night that he would become an exalted ruler. Joseph was utterly convinced of this dream, and shared it with his family. But naysayers attempted to squash Josephs’ dream. Indeed, they even began to actively labor against it. And for many years the fulfillment of Josephs’ dream began to become more and more like a distant pipe dream.
Then one day God suddenly brought the dream into being. That which was unseen became seen. And that which God had conceived in Joseph was finally born. And He did this so that Joseph would realize that God was sovereign and in control. He did this so Joseph would realize that it is not by the arm of the flesh, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that things come into being. He did this so that it might be realized that God is both the author and finisher of faith. He did this so Joseph might realize that God never gives up on what He is doing in our lives, even when all hope has been lost to us.
Some of you have dreams in your heart. Some of you are actively pursuing those dreams. To others, all hope seems to be lost, and the dream almost forgotten. But don’t give up and don’t despair. Don’t lose the vision God gave to you. As Hebrews says, it is by patience that we inherit the promises of God. So be patient. God is still at work. And if what you have in your heart has been born of Him, be sure that God will bring what He spoke into fruition. You will see that dream fulfilled.
For our God is the giver, killer, and fulfiller of dreams.