Opening Prayer: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.”
Daily Scripture Reading:
- Genesis 37:5-11
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
- Proverbs 27:17
- Proverbs 13:20
- Romans 12:18
Yesterday we speculated about young Joseph’s motives for sharing his dreams with his brothers and father. We wondered together if maybe he was a little puffed up, thinking about the glory of being bowed down to. We don’t know for sure what was in his heart, but we do know that the decision to share those dreams with his hateful brothers was not wise. We read in Genesis 37:4 “When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.” And that was pre-dream! Obviously sharing dreams in which their bundles bowed to his, and 11 stars bowed to him did little to curb the family tension. Verse 8 says, “they hated him all the more because of his dream.”
The world will hate God’s dream in you too.
When God gives you a dream, who do you share it with? When you are wondering if a possible path is from God, who do you process it with? Most of the time dreams come in tiny, fragile whispers and someone else’s doubt or jealousy can squash them quickly.
God may call us to keep a dream silently in our heart for a season to protect it, but eventually we need the wisdom of trusted voices on our journey. We need people who love us and are invested in God’s story in our lives to treasure that dream with us, to help us with our blind spots, to pray with us, and eventually to celebrate our dreams as if they were their own.
Today’s Scriptures are all about the power and importance of having wise friends and counsel in our lives to sharpen us and keep us safe. We need them to help us up when we fall and when we fail. We need them to rejoice with us when a dream is fulfilled and mourn with us when a dream dies. We need to know that they walk closely with Jesus and are renewed with His Word so that they can help us see things through His eyes.
Do you have a few of these “Dream Treasurers” in your life? Do you have a few trusted confidants who you know are safe and will point you to Jesus? Also, are you safe for others to share their dreams with, or do you tend to be a “Dream Squasher?” Do you celebrate God’s hand moving in other’s lives well, or like the brothers, are you dangerous in your bitterness and jealously?
God’s dreams in us are something to steward with the upmost care. Be aware if you are sharing them with “treasures” or “squashers.”
Today’s Big Questions: Do you have a few “Dream Treasurers” in your life? Honestly think about if you are a “Dream Treasurer” for others, or if you are a “Dream Squasher.” If you are a “Squasher,” spend some time thinking about why that is your tendency.
Prayer Response: If you have godly, wise people to share your dreams with thank God for them. If you don’t, ask God to send some “Dream Treasurers” to you. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any places in your heart that keep you from celebrating God’s dreams in others. Confess them and ask for His forgiveness for being a “Dream Squasher.”
Optional Action Step: List the top 3 “Dream Treasures” in your life and take a moment to send them a text or write them a note to tell them you appreciate their wise voice in your life.
Closing Prayer: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21