2007-01-24 / Religion

'Let God Give You A Dream'

Jim Scarborough

'Let God Give You A Dream'

Dreams are familiar to all of us and probably not clearly understood by any of us. Most of us have had dreams that include those that were pleasant, those that were frightening and even a few that can only be described as bizarre. Sometimes dreams have significant meaning. Scripture reveals that God sometimes speaks to people through dreams, but that does not make it necessary for us to try to find meaning in every dream.

One of the great dreams recorded in the Bible is found in Genesis 28--the story of Jacob and the dream of the ladder that extended from heaven to earth with angels moving up and down it. It was a dream through which God spoke to Jacob and gave a promise to him and his people. Pay attention to the promise God made to Jacob in Genesis 28:14-15: "Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised to you" (NIV).

A lot of time and many events transpired, but God miraculously brought to pass His promise to the descendants of Jacob.

God does not speak to most of us in the same way that He did to Jacob, but He will speak to our hearts how ever He desires if we will listen. His speaking does not come to most of us through a physical dream during our sleep, but He does want to birth spiritual dreams in our hearts. He wants each of us to have a vision or desire to experience Him in a deeper way than we have in the past; He wants us to trust Him more sincerely than we have in days gone by; He wants us to become more focused on pleasing Him than on serving our selfish human desires.

During Jacob's dream and his response to it, he was touched by God in a variety of ways. Our lives need to be touched by God in these same ways so that we can hear from Him, have His vision for our lives birthed in our hearts and allow Him to bring it to reality.

Through all that took place, God was able to touch what he desires to touch in all of us--He touched the heart and hands of Jacob. Genesis 28:18 says that "Early the next morning "Early the next morning

Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it." This was an act of worship. Jacob further promised to give tangibly to the Lord: "Of all that you give me I will give you a tenth" (Genesis 28:22b). A true touch of God affects the heart and the hands; it produces inward worship as well as outward action.

God wants each of us to have a spiritual dream of a life that pleases Him more in the future than it has in the

past. How well this takes past. How well this takes

place depends on how willing place depends on how willing

we are to hear from Him we are to hear from Him

and be touched by Him. Let and be touched by Him. Let

Him have your undivided attention; then let Him touch

your mind, your emotions, your heart and your hands. Whispers

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