Dreams that Shape the City / Day 13


Genesis 37: 1-8

Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.  This is the account of Jacob’s family line.

Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him.  When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.  He said to them, ‘Listen to this dream I had: we were binding sheaves of corn out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered round mine and bowed down to it.’

His brothers said to him, ‘Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?’ And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.


We all know the story of Joseph, if not from the Bible, from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.  It starts with a 17 year old favoured son who has two dreams, both relating to future promotion and elevation in his life.  These dreams were from God and they prophesied God's plan for and calling on Joseph's life.  However Joseph clearly wasn’t completely ready to walk into the fulfillment of the dream at this stage.  He lacked maturity, showed signs of pride and his emotional intelligence wasn’t the strongest.

So why would God give a young man a dream and calling when he clearly is not ready? Because having the dream or seeing the vision or hearing the call is an invitation to start getting ready.  God calls those who aren't ready, who don't yet have what it takes, who are deficient in some area, and He says: “Here's my dream for you, this is what I desire for your life, let me show you who you can be – will you come with me on this journey so I can get you ready?”

The reality is, we're never really ready, especially when we start out discovering God's dream for us.  We step out in faith and we get ready on the way.  

For many of us, if we're honest, our favourite day of the week is ‘Someday’. That’s when we'll live out the dream, that’s when we'll go all in for God, that's when we'll serve, love, give and pour out all God has put within us.  Someday. That elusive day when everything lines up perfectly, the weather is optimum, everyone treats me the way I deserve, my health is good, my relationships are sorted, the kids have grown up, my life is exactly how I want it – then I’ll live the dream God has for me.  

That's not how it works.  The reality is that there will never be the perfect time for us to start, there will never be the perfect day for us to begin walking into God’s dream.  We simply take the first step today, we are faithful and obedient with whatever is in front of us, we say “yes” to God even though we don't know how it's all going to turn out, we move based on the promise or prophecy – and as we move, God moves with us.  As we step out, He steps in.  

Joseph, at the time, had absolutely no concept of just how significant those early dreams were.  He had no idea where they would take him.  It's probably just as well.  However, he remained faithful and obedient in whatever was in front of him and God worked out the details.

Have you been putting off doing what God has shown you about His dreams, plans and purposes for you?  What single step could you take today, however small and insignificant it may seem, to step into what God has revealed to you?