Archive for January, 2011

Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.

Genesis 37:20

So the brothers said.

But Joseph’s dreams were from God.

And God had bigger plans.

I fear dream-killers way too often…

  • other people ridiculing or squashing my dream
  • other people causing me harm or simply holding me back
  • my health not allowing my dreams to come true
  • worries and fears and failures…

And there are things that can distracts us from our dreams or prevent them from happening in the way we think they should.

And it is really our worries and fears over those things that are the biggest distraction.

But the only true Dream-Killer is not being obedient to the One who gave the dream in the first place.

In all things.

Even when it’s hard or doesn’t make sense or seems to lead us away from our dream…

… even as far as Egypt… as a slave… in a jail cell…

Because the dreams were never about us to begin with.

They are about what the Dream-Giver wants to accomplish.

So do not fear.  Do not worry.

Simply trust and obey the Dream-Giver.

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Dreams and Words

So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Genesis 37:8

His dreams AND his words.

Joseph’s dreams were not his  to control. In fact, his dreams were a gift from God.

But his words he could control.

Some portray Joseph as being arrogant – being spoiled, knowing he was the favorite and eating it up. Then they say his trials in Egypt were meant to humble him.

Some portray Joseph as already humble, albeit naive – not really seeing his brothers’ hatred for him or even imagining why they would hate him.  They see his trials in Egypt more as building perseverance, obedience and trust in God.

Based on the scriptures, either scenario could work.  So we don’t know for sure.

What we can know for sure is that while his dreams were not his to control, his words were.

Oh, Lord, even should the dreams you give me cause others to look on me with disfavor, may my words never add fuel to the fire.

In fact, may ALL my words be carefully spoken.

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