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Day 36 – Issue 11

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Be Still Know

Genesis 37:5 NLT

‘One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.’

Joseph, the favoured son of Jacob, dressed in a fine coat, dreams what appears on the surface an impossible dream. His dream stirs up resentment and bitter opposition from his own brothers. They see his dream as nothing more than vain boasting and take offence at the thought that they must bow in acknowledgement of their ‘little brother’.

A dream like that is only ever an anticipatory intuition of some future reality. To invest oneself in such a dream takes courage and conviction. There can be little evidence of the success of the dreamer at the start of their pursuit of the dream. Yet, many of us carry dreams within our hearts. Dreams no doubt seeded by God; dreams for which we are the bearers and the means of their realisation. In a cynical age of criticism and rationality, it is increasingly difficult to live the dream.

However, no one can realise the dream save the dreamer, and the path to its realisation can, in fact, be fraught with difficulty. Joseph was to be tested at every stage of his dream, and throughout he had to discover the nature of both God’s provision and God’s timing. A dream cannot be birthed ahead of its time, yet if neglected can die with us, never having been considered worthy of investment. Much like the talent buried in the ground, it never matures and therefore offers no return to its principle shareholder, God.

God invites you to dream and to accept responsibility for that dream and to seed it through declaring it and prayerfully inviting God to fertilise it with his spirit. Where such a dream will carry you cannot be known at the outset. Yet to pursue it with a humble faithfulness is perhaps the greatest step of faith you may ever initiate.

QUESTION: What dream have you carried in your heart over the years?

PRAYER: Gracious Father, would you birth in me a dream that draws me and pulls me into your purposes and plans?

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.

Written by: Matt Weet

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