i’ve noticed that there seems to be a theme on the church signs i’ve been reading (one of my favorite pastimes) on my way to and from work. everybody is preaching about dreams. i’ve seen sermons titles like:
– dreaming god-sized dreams
– don’t give up on your dream
– dare to dream again
– fulfilling your god-given dream
apparently dreams are very fashionable, even godly. but don’t get the idea that preachers are preaching about subconscious images you have while you’re sleeping–this dream is best defined as “an ambitious goal.” clearly god wants all of us to dream big dreams and clearly god wants to fulfill our big dreams…right?
perhaps the bible’s most famous dream is the one god gave to young joseph in genesis 37. standing at the end of the story and looking back toward the beginning, we can see that god fabulously fulfilled the dream he gave joseph, and used joseph to save his family (the fledgling nation of israel). isn’t that they way it’s supposed to work? god, give us all dreams…an abundance of dreams!
joseph’s dream was followed immediately by betrayal by his brothers, enslavement in a foreign country, implication in a rape he did not commit, false imprisonment and abandonment. in other words, joseph’s god-given dream unleashed thirteen years of hell.
it’s the truth, but it doesn’t translate into a very snappy sermon title.