And how he is not done dreaming with you.
As humans, when we see someone else’s dream coming true, we automatically feel as though our dreams and future are possibly disqualified at the expense of the success of his or her dream. If we are honest, we feel like maybe God has forgotten about us or maybe he is so busy fulfilling everyone else’s dream, he cannot possibly have the time to fulfill ours. The lying voice of the enemy fills our head with thoughts that can feel overwhelming and the next thing we know, we are in over our heads with jealousy, envy, self-doubt, and anything else the enemy throws our way.
I have really good news for you–you do not have to stay in these chains of bondage. We were once slaves to sin but the cross gave us an option. We can allow the Holy Spirit, the great helper, to help us realize how the Father views us and how much he cares about our dreams—even more than we do.
Do you remember the story of Joseph in the Bible? In Genesis 40 it says:
Some time later, both the senior security advisor[a] to the king of Egypt and his head chef[b] offended their master, Egypt’s king. 2 Pharaoh was so angry with his two officers—his senior security advisor and his head chef— 3 that he locked them up in the prison dungeon operated by the captain of thejl guard, the very place where Joseph was imprisoned. 4 The captain of the guard entrusted them to Joseph’s custody, who took care of them, since they were to remain there in custody for a number of days.
5 Then the two of them each had a dream. They both had their dreams the same night, and there were separate interpretations for each dream—the senior security advisor and the head chef to the king of Egypt, who had confined them in prison. 6 When Joseph came to see them in the morning, he noticed how downcast they looked! They were both very sad. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers, who were with him in prison in his master’s house, “Why are you so sad today?”
8 “We had a dream,” they replied, “but there’s no one to interpret it.”
“Interpretations belong to God,” Joseph told them, “so please tell me your stories.”
So the undaunted Joseph remains contempt in his present circumstance and his faith remains unshakeable and from that place, he is able to help the cupbearer and butler by asking God for the interpretations of their dreams. Joseph received the interpretation for the dream of the cupbearer, which ultimately meant he would get restored to his position of the cupbearer and his dream would come true. Genesis 40:20-21,23 says:
20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned[a] his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials. 21 He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup… 23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.
So there you go. Joseph was falsely imprisoned and was there some time before the cupbearer got there, but Joseph was still willing to use his gifts to help serve the cupbearer by interpreting his dream. Then the true “icing on the cake”: the cupbearer’s dream was fulfilled and Joseph got to sit back and watch as he stayed in prison for something he did not even do. WOW! Joseph was human and he could have easily began to feel as though God answers everyone else’s dream instead of his. God is so busy responding to everyone else, that he does not have time for him. But Joseph did not do that; he did not make excuses. Instead, he guarded his heart and his thoughts and believed that God had not forgotten his dreams.
Genesis 41: 1, 8-15 says: Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed…
8 The next morning Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant.
9 Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh. 10 “Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard. 11 One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning. 12 There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant. 13 And everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.”
14 Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. 15 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.”
Joseph could have said, “Oh, now you need me.” He could have exclaimed, “Now I am convenient for you.”
But he didn’t…
He guarded his heart and never forgot the dreams in his heart. He chose to believe that God was not finished with him and had not forgotten about him. Joseph asked God for the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams and then gave them to Pharaoh.
In Genesis 41:38-40 it says:
38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”
Instead of seeing other people’s fulfilled dreams as God not working on yours, see other people’s fulfilled dreams as tangible hope that God is STILL MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE! And it’s only a matter of time before yours comes true. He is the one who put those dreams in your heart in the first place and he is more than capable to bring them into full fruition.
- Believe in other people and their dreams.
- Do not compare dreams; instead, thank God that he is so creative.
- Help each other’s dreams come true.
- Find satisfaction knowing that God is the Dreamer of dreamers and he loves to dream with you.
- Enjoy the journey.