Dare To Dream

Reference Reading: [Genesis chapters 37, 39]

“Dare to dream, because dreams do come through”

Dream in the context of this reflection is not an idle hope, but rather, it’s an ambitious hope which may not be a part of our present reality, but can however be realized if vigorously pursued. Pursuing your dream may be “bitter-sweet” experience. Your dream, as in the case of Joseph, may be God’s promise that is accompanied with some pain (challenge) as you daily pursue them. It is for this reason that I dare you to dream.

In the book of Genesis God gave a life dream (ambitious hope) to Joseph, and he firmly held onto the dream as a promise of what his life would become – a ruler over his brethren. Your dream may be a capitulation of the life you intend to leave or pursue. Joseph however experienced some pain in the process that preceded the attainment of that dream.

There are three points that sums up Joseph’s experience before the realization of his dream:

First, Emotional pain that Joseph had to suffer from his brethren’s animosity. Due to their hatred of him, they betrayed him and pushed back against his dream; they sold Joseph into slavery as a design to derail his dream. The bible recorded Joseph’s brethren negative agenda against him in Genesis 37:18-20, “18 They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” (RSV)

Second, Injustice: He was set up by his master’s wife, and punished for the crime that he did not commit (Genesis 39:6–20): 6 Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking. 7 And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand; 9 he is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” 10 And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie with her or to be with her. 11 But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and got out of the house. 13 And when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled out of the house, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to insult us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice; 15 and when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled and got out of the house.” 16 Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home, 17 and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me; 18 but as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled out of the house.” 19 When his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger was kindled. 20 And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison (RSV)

Third, Unappreciative attitude of Pharaoh’s Butler that he helped while they both were in the prison. He gave a positive interpretation to the Butler’s dream, that he would be released from prison. Joseph equally requested that the Butler should remember him when he gets reinstated, by mentioning his unjust imprisonment to the king. Shortly after, the Butler was reinstated to his position as the king’s butler, but failed to remember Joseph for a period of two years (Genesis 41:9-16). It was only the intervention of God that created a situation that caused this individual to realize his unappreciative attitude towards Joseph. However, throughout the process and experience preceding attaining his dream, due to his fear and trust in God, Joseph was focused. In all his negative plight before getting to the throne (his dream), he displayed undivided loyalty to God who gave him the dream for his life. Joseph’s trust in God was evident by what he said in (Genesis 45:5-8) 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. (RSV)

Do you have a dream?

I hope you do, and definitely you should!

Your dream (ambitious hope) can cause emotional pain, unjust treatment and unappreciative response from others; ungrateful people who will care less for you as a person. You may feel being used by such ungrateful people. But, with God on your side and your trust in the promise of God, I say to you, “dare to dream” and don’t ever give up when you are confronted with painful experience that may normally precede the realization of your dream.

I pray that God almighty will be with us all, as He was with Joseph, in the pursuit of our ambitious hope, our dream!

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Dreams do come through but often not without some challenges. These challenges will require for us to be persistent and patient. Such it has been for the realization of the dream to have a “Blog” website for the Breed life church.

    Could you encourage others by sharing your dream/s that has been realized, or perhaps some that are in the making and need the supportive prayers of others.

    You and I have the liberty of the Grace of Christ to dream. So, do not stop dreaming. To dream is an essential part of being alive. Be alive in Christ, keep dreaming, and keep the dream of Jesus Christ Gospel alive for the next generation!

  2. When I was reading in chapter 37, I immediately felt a connection to Joseph in the verses where he told his brothers of his dream and they did nothing but try to tear him down with negativity. I have experienced this many times, and I know many others have too; but often times I find myself believing the lies and the negativity of those that I have shared my dream (aspiration). I let their lies become my truth instead of trusting in the truth that God Gives us. Like you said, that is an emotional pain that God may have us endure to test our faith in His plan. This has encouraged me to, during times of both emotional pain and sheer joy/happiness, I have to continue to lean on God but reading His word and staying in prayer. He is our deliverer and He will see us through anything. Thank you for sharing this post and for helping to keep dreams alive.

    1. Hello Bria, It is good that you were able to read Genesis chapter 37, and you were able to make the connection of the content to your own personal life. I am sure God has good plans for you. Keep Faith alive and don’t stop Dreaming because God is able to make our dreams become reality.

  3. This a very timely post. Just like when we learned in church that when you go through hardships, your actions will show where your heart truly lies. Joeseph clearly had a pure heart that was for God.
    As I was reading the chapters and then the blog post, it helped me to put in perspective that the stakes for for Joeseph were very high and he suffered a lot. He had to stand up for God in the mist of losing his whole livelihood.
    For me, I pray that God would give me that kind of faith to stand up for him despite whatever is at stake to reach the ambitions I have.

  4. Wow! Joseph truly exemplifies the meaning of vigorously pursuing a dream. Although very painful at times, the challenges he experienced along the way did not cause him to give up. God made a promise and Joseph was not letting go of that promise for anything. His allegiance was pledged to the Lord from the start, not with his words alone but with his actions. As the Pastor pointed out in Sunday’s sermon, the toughest tests in life can reveal what each individual is made of and where our focus is truly placed in life. Through it all, from the lowest point of being sold by his brothers to the highest point of being appointed ruler, Joseph remained loyal to God the Father. I pray that I may keep my eyes fixed on God through the many tests life has to offer and to remain loyal to Him through it all, Amen.

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