NLT: It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.
KJV: The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
The life of Joseph demonstrates the importance of holding fast to the vision God shows you and keeping your heart and motivation pure. That way, one doesn’t retaliate or get bitter towards those who oppose us and our mission.
These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
Joseph’s dream was given twice and was therefore established. Joseph’s dream was a literal dream coming at night while he slept, but the dream guided Joseph throughout his waking moments. It painted a clear picture that Joseph remembered and used to guide him until he saw it fulfilled. Joseph longed to see his dream realized; it became his desire and he pursued it diligently.
John Maxwell defines a dream saying: “A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.” He also said, “I believe God wants us to dream, and to dream big, because He’s a big God who wants to do big things and He wants to do them through us.” We need dreams to shape our future and prescribe our actions. We desperately need to know God’s plans for us.
Jeremiah 29:11: NLT
For I know the plans I have for you, ” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
If you’ve given up on dreams, it’s time to dream again.
Proverbs 13:12: NLT
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
Even if our dreams come from God there will still be opposition. Joseph’s own brethren hated him for the dreams he told them. Although Joseph was hated and taunted by his brothers, and rebuked by his father for his dreams, he didn’t let their disapproval or jealousy hinder his dreams.
Joseph’s story was fraught with trouble. Joseph was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by his brothers. When he arrived in Egypt he ended up working for Potiphar, and was falsely accused of raping his wife. Then he ended up in prison and stayed there until Pharoah’s butler and baker joined him. God then orchestrated Joseph’s release, and he ended up serving Pharaoh in the palace where he remained until his family came down to buy food and God reunited them and his dream came true.
Joseph had every reason to become bitter by his mistreatment, but he never did. He kept his motivation pure and never retaliated against those who had opposed him. He stayed humble and faithful to his dream. He taught us that when our lives turn to compost, we should plant good seed. For, my friend, our greatest days are still ahead.
By Wayne Clapp