Dreams are something that God gives you when you sleep. When you wake up, your normal response is to do something during the day that will cause your dream to come to pass. I am learning that nothing could be further from the real truth.
I first must make it clear that there are, I believe, three types of dreams: pizza dreams (that you should just forget about); warning dreams that make you aware that you might have to do something to make sure the negative does not occur; and positive faith-building dreams that talk about the incredible future God has got planned for you.
The last type is the area of dreams I’m referring to. Years ago whenever I had a dream, I thought my task was to immediately go out and use all of my effort to fulfill the dream myself. I was even counseled by some elders that appeared to be very wise men, that if I didn’t respond extremely fast nothing would come to pass. I have since learned that their counsel that was born out of their own anxiousness, plus a little foolishness. I have come to understand that God does not have to hurry or rush to get anything done because He controls “time itself.”
No wonder Hebrews, the fourth chapter, says, “For as long, then, as that promise of resting in Him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said,
‘Exasperated, I vowed,
“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.’”
The point of the Scripture is very simple and direct. When God gives you a dream, it is a word from Him and He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of the fulfillment of that dream. All you have to do is rest and wait for His fulfillment to be done ~ and that requires faith.
Remember, faith is the substance of things hoped for. If you already have them, then you don’t need faith. So waiting for the miracle that you saw in the dream that God gave you is the joy of resting. Just learn to have patience and allow that dream to be wonderfully fulfilled!