In the Last Days — Dreams
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream and no one can explain it for me. I heard that you can explain dreams when someone tells you about them.” (Genesis 41:15)
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions …” (Joel 2:28) “And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
Dreams really excite me. One of the reasons for this is that my Lord God and Saviour has revealed Himself to me through dreams. This might explain why I enjoy reading about Joseph in the Bible. Not only did he receive a pretty colorful coat — I love the multiplicity of colors — but Joseph was also given the gift to interpret dreams.
It is in this latter context that I consider the complexity of dreams to be fascinating. For me, I find that God is speaking either to those I know or to me personally in my dreams. I know this because I have personally experienced confirmation about going to China, my friend getting married, and my current residency status – I live in Toronto.
As I thought about these experiences further, a friend of mine provided a perfect analogy. She said, “Imagine God was to put a letter on your desk from Him. Would you just leave it lying there, unopened? Hopefully, your response was — of course not. You would probably open it immediately so that He can reveal Himself to you.”
In a similar sense, I look at my dreams as an unopened letter from the Most High. I feel like the Lord is speaking to me in my dreams so I open the letter to see what He has planned for my life. If I don’t understand the dream, I ask the Lord for clarity. This includes studying His Word for instruction and guidance because God is not the author of confusion. My dreams will not give me counsel that ventures outside of His Word. “For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” (Mark 4:22)
But please note that I am not suggesting that our dreams are always accurate either. The Bible warns us of this misconception. “For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because [there was] no shepherd.” (Zechariah 10:2)
So how are we to discern between dreams from the Lord and those that are false?
We are to fully trust in our Shepherd. Jesus said: “But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
Thus, as fascinated as I am about dreams and possibly receiving the gift to interpret them, “I will [first] bless the LORD [with all my heart, soul, strength and mind], who has given me [good] counsel” in everything that I do — in both word and deed. (Psalms 16:7) “But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off made nigh by the blood of Christ … for He is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:13-22)