Check out the scripture referenced in this post, here (I’ll be focusing on the New Revised Standard Version – NRSV translation): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2037%20&version=NRSV;MSG;NIV;NET
Reading the thirty-seventh chapter of Genesis put one of my problems into perspective for me. That problem was not believing in/doubting the dreams that I’ve had because I didn’t see them realized when I thought I should have. One of the lessons that I learned from Joseph is not to let your dreams die.
Joseph was one of twelve siblings. He wasn’t the youngest but his father loved him more than all of his other siblings. Joseph’s siblings knew this and hated him because of it. Not only was Joseph hated because of the love his father had for him (which resulted in the giving of a robe/coat especially for Joseph) but for the dreams, not that he merely had, but shared. As I was reading this chapter, certain things stood out to me. Verses 5-8 express Joseph’s first dream and his telling of it to his brothers. His brothers hated him more than before because of it. However, in verses 9-11, Joseph has another dream and, again, tells it to his brothers. Things change in this second telling because his father is included – but still, he shares his second dream. The question that I asked was, why would Joseph, after the aftermath of telling his first dream, tell his second dream – to the same people?
Here’s the answer/lesson for me: It’s not about those who hear the dream, it’s about those who have the dream and don’t let it die. Joseph didn’t let the hate of his brothers keep him from keeping his dream. Typically, Joseph is referenced, by many, as a dreamer and a dream interpreter. Beyond this specified chapter, Joseph endures difficult life circumstances and he also endures the process that precedes seeing his dream realized. Since, I knew he could interpret dreams before returning to this passage of scripture, I asked, why couldn’t Joseph just interpret the two dreams that he had in Genesis 37, then?
I was answered as I look back on my own life in relation to the process that Joseph had to endure to grow to interpreting dreams. Having a dream gives you insight into the unseen. A dream sustains you by being what pushes you to pursue its sight/have it realized. It’s difficult to have a plan without a goal to reach, isn’t it? Joseph doesn’t let any of his dreams die. He tells the second dream and doesn’t allow external forces to deter him from developing beyond mere telling.
Questions/Thoughts to consider:
1. Did Joseph actually believe his own dreams?
2. Why is the process to fulfilling our dreams so difficult?
3. Joseph never repeats his dreams but they don’t die, how is this?
4. What happens if I have let my dream(s) die? Can I ever see them realized? *If you’re still living…you can. Pursue them – endure the process.
*Interestingly enough, Joseph only includes those who are involved in his dreams.
*Joseph’s brothers/father interpreted his dreams out of their assumptions of the dreams’ implications.
*Joseph doesn’t die until after he lives in the dreams he shares.
*Dreams give us vision for living.
Believe in your dream(s). Let your seeing it, push you to pursue it. Don’t let your dreams die because you need them to make it through the process from seeing to living them. If you keep reading Genesis, you’ll discover that Joseph’s dreams were realized/actualized. Don’t let your dreams die during the preparation/process. Do what is necessary to pursue them until you see them in your living.
As always – Stay blessed, a blessing & encouraged!