As a part of the Jennie Allen Restless study, I am reading the Biblical account of Joseph.
I love the story of Joseph.
My father was a dreamer. And, like many dreamers, I think he was sometimes looked at a bit indulgently and taken with a grain of salt along with an, “Oh, that’s nice.”
The last notes in his Bible were sermon notes on Joseph the Dreamer. Completely unaware of that, the preacher who flew in for the funeral had already prepared a sermon on just that, honoring my dad and his dreams.
You probably don’t know my father by name but in his small way, he made a big difference in the world of missions. Some of the dreams he dared to dream long ago are now part of the current vision in evangelism. Hundreds of people are vocational missionaries and pastors, bringing others to Jesus, through the vision and ministry of my dad. A man who dared to dream.
What if Joseph had been afraid to dream?
I know that his was a prophetic gift but what if he had squelched that gift, thinking it silly or not worthy of sharing?
Something really stood out to me as I read his story. When Joseph was young and his brothers were terribly jealous, the Bible tells us that his father sent him out to check on them. (It wasn’t a short trip, by the way, but that is another character trait for another day.) They saw him coming and plotted to kill him.
“Then they said to one another, ‘Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit…We shall see what will become of his dreams!'” (Genesis 37:19-20 NKJV)
In the past, I’ve always read this passage in the light of his brothers’ jealousy – that he was killed over a coat that represented favoritism.
That isn’t what this says. They didn’t say, “Come, let us kill our father’s favorite! We’ll wipe that bratty little smirk off of his face.”
THEY WERE OUT TO KILL THE DREAMER.
“We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
Isn’t that exactly how the enemy works? We dare to dream. We pull up everything that is inside of us and finally let go and dream big for God, passionate about using our gifts for God and BAM!
SATAN TRIES TO KILL OUR DREAMS.
Through relatives, well-meaning friends, enemies, finances or any other obstacle he can throw our way, Satan will do whatever he can to destroy the work we have ahead of us to serve the Kingdom of God.
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us that: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
“You aren’t qualified.” “No one will be interested.” “People better than you are already doing that.” “Who do you think you are?”
Jesus goes on to say, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
There were some fierce ways that the enemy, through people, tried to kill the dreams of Joseph. They are the same ways that Satan tries to come against our dreams – our callings – today.
In a parallel to Joseph:
- He’ll try to kill them. (Gen. 37:20)
- He’ll try to dry them up. (Gen. 37:24)
- Seduce us away from them. (Gen. 39:7-13)
- Lock them away where we can’t use them. (Gen. 39:20)
But like Joseph, we are to cling to our callings, daring to dream “because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” (Gen. 39:23)
Oh Father, today, help me to ignore the lies. Thank You that in You, I am an overcomer. Help me not to be afraid but to boldly dream big dreams for you.