Dream and not stop dreaming

24.09.2019

 

Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.

(Genesis 37:5 NKJV)

Jacob's love for Joseph, son of his old age, was not well tolerated by the other sons, who held their brother in a bad light. The father's attitude is joined by the bold consideration that the young dreamer has of himself. Scripture declares that Joseph has a dream and does not keep it to himself. Rather, he goes to tell it to the brothers, the object of the dream, they "hated him even more". The story of Joseph is known to most of us, and is a source of encouragement not to let ourselves be limited by others or curbing unforeseen circumstances. The dress received from the father stimulates the young and gives him confidence and awareness. Like the believer clothed in the grace of God, covered by His love, he cannot have a limited vision. Whoever has the thought of possibility is capable of carrying out tasks that seem impossible, because our faith will gather solutions, because it will be God's solution. It is only a matter of thinking big. Who thinks big and makes things happen creates possibilities for others too. Just think of the episode of the twelve spies sent by Moses. Caleb asserted: "We can do it", since he knew that the battle belongs to the Lord. We too must remember that we do not fight a battle on our own but rather serve God, who is Almighty so, in terms of possibilities, we must think big. Whenever you delete the "impossible" label from a task, you bring your potential from the norm to above the norm. Not because we are capable but because God adds to our abilities. English speaking believers have an advantage. The impossible term is "impossible" which can be transformed into "i'm possible".

Walt Disney said that: "The difference between a dream and a goal is only the date". The writer John Andrew Holmes wrote: "Never tell a young man that a certain thing cannot be done. It may be that God has been waiting for ages for someone who is quite ignorant of the impossible to do it. Some, having their own baggage of experiences, tend to crush people's dreams, this is because sometimes, instead of sowing courage, we discourage. If we think in this way we are like the ten spies who sowed distrust in the people of Israel. Jesus assured the disciples: "Iif you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20). The dream needs action, to be declared and lived. Probably those who do not know the fulfillment, live like the famous Snoopy, the Peanuts dog who used to say: "Today I do nothing. Even yesterday I did nothing ... but I had not finished". Those who have a vision or a dream must descend from the "bunk" of doing nothing and begin to work, as did Nehemiah, when he fearlessly decided that the walls of Jerusalem should be rebuilt. And he went all the way, finding yes the opposition of some, but having the consent of the king, and above all the certainty of the divine will. If this can also be applied to work and material reality, I believe that my task is to motivate Christian service. It is a difficult task to educate children not to be attached to material things, when we accustom them to immediately receive everything they ask for. As parents, we have given flesh to the text "ask and it will be given to you" (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9), exceeding in fulfillment. I fear we must learn that there may be a time to wait. When asked and received it is not good. Even psychologists recognize that in this way young people no longer understand what desire is, therefore they are driven to do inconceivable actions in order to always feel new emotions. The greatest responsibility falls on adults who, erroneously, make efforts so that their children can have what they want, but in fact they make them individuals without the capacity to desire and dream. Why not work to sow and water dreams according to Scripture?

 


Devotional 37/2019
Weekly Bible reading plan

09 September, Proverbs 6-7; 2 Corinthians 2
10 September, Proverbs 8-9; 2 Corinthians 3
11 September, Proverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4
12 September, Proverbs 13-15; 2 Corinthians 5
13 September, Proverbs 16-18; 2 Corinthians 6
14 September, Proverbs 19-21; 2 Corinthians 7
15 September, Proverbs 22-24; 2 Corinthians 8

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