Joseph • Devotion #3: Dream Weaver
Ken Perry | Assistant to the Reach Pastor
Do you remember your dreams? I do not. I sometimes remember that I had a dream and remembered whether they were funny or sad, but I rarely, if ever, remember the content. I am not sure whether it is a blessing not to remember, but I am glad I do not have to decide what or even if they mean something. We can read many things into our dreams. Some are good, some bad, and most mean nothing, but there have been careers built in modern psychology based on the interpretation of someone’s dreams.
God used dreams to communicate many times in the Bible. We read of Daniel being called in to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2. Genesis 40 and 41 relate times when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, and it was instrumental in elevating him to the second highest position in Egypt. The position was later used to save Israelites and Egyptians from a horrible famine. Solomon and even Pontius Pilate’s wife were communicated to through dreams.
To the point, I wonder what it might have looked like had God not come to Joseph in a dream? Think for a moment that these words might not have been written by Matthew in the first chapter, “But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’” (verse 20). Benson’s commentary describes it this way, “while he was deliberating with himself, and in danger of innocently doing wrong, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him.” Joseph was already trying to do the right thing. He was weighing his options to protect both himself and the reputation of Mary. He had not made anything public, yet the Lord saw his heart and spoke to him in a way that would certainly have had the most impact on him.
I wonder how many times the Lord has kept you and I, while trying to do good, from innocently doing wrong? How often has He, in His all-knowing ways, made provision for a better option through means that can only come from the one who is intimately concerned with the hearts and reputations of good men and women?
Spend some time giving thanks and adoration to Him. Realize His primary means of communication to His people is through His word, as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” However, we need to be open to any way He chooses to reveal His will to us, yet we need to carefully check any such guidance we receive with Scripture and godly counsel to be sure it is from the Lord. Anything which contradicts Scripture is not from God. Our minds and even Satan are capable of producing great deception in such subjective areas. Just do not mistake every bad dream as a sign that God is disappointed with you. It just might be a bad pumpkin spice latte from the night before.