GENESIS 37:6-11 “Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
How many of us like to dream? And how many of us wish our dreams came true? If God gives us a dream it will indeed come to pass. The Bible speaks about one such person who was a dreamer, Joseph. Joseph enjoyed a position of favour in his father’s eyes but that also brought upon him the dangerous envy and hatred of his brothers. Coupled with the fact that God gave him dreams which put him in a superior position to his brothers made them hate him all the more.
Some of us may feel that Joseph was insensitive and took pride in announcing his dreams to his brothers, which hurt them and made them boil with envy and hatred. But, I would rather believe that Joseph was excited about God’s plans for his life, he couldn’t contain the excitement about God revealing to him about what He was going to do. Moreover, I guess if Joseph hadn’t told his brothers about the dreams he wouldn’t have been thrown into the pit, he wouldn’t have been sold into slavery, he wouldn’t have become a slave in Potipher’s house, he wouldn’t have been put into prison and wouldn’t have eventually ended up in the palace of Egypt leading to the fulfilment of the God given dreams.
When God gives us a dream we need to be excited about it (the Holy Spirit will help us discern the source of the dream). We need to be excited about God’s plans for our life. Some may say, “Let it happen first and then I will get excited about it”, that’s lack of faith. When God’s say He will do something we can be sure that He will do it.
Our excitement about God’s plan for our life doesn’t necessarily mean that everybody around us will be excited about it too. There will hatred, jealousy, disbelief and rebuke. But, we should choose to continue to believe in the God given dream and God’s plans for us. Don’t seek for everybody’s approval because we are not going to get everybody’s approval, God’s approval is enough. Even Jacob who loved Joseph the most rebuked his son; similarly, our most beloved ones may rebuke us and stand in disbelief. But, we can be rest assured that none of their hatred, jealousy, rebuke and disbelief can change or stop what God has planned for us.