Genesis 15: 1-6
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
‘Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.’
But Abram said, ‘Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.’
Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.’ He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Yesterday we saw that God longs to fill the city through the dreams and desires of his people. However, in our culture the word ‘dreamer’ is often used in a disparaging or negative way. To say someone is ‘a dreamer’ is to portray them as being unrealistic, impractical and unproductive. They’ve got their head in the clouds and will probably not make any real difference in the world. We’ve devalued dreams and dreamers.
However, in God’s Kingdom, dreamers are those who see what others cannot see. The overspill of God’s Spirit of wisdom and revelation into our lives creates imaginative solutions as we become catalytic change agents and releasers of divine destiny. We envision impossibilities becoming realities. We ask ‘Why not?’ when others can only see problems and obstacles.
The Bible is full of dreamers and those whose creative imagination moved the boundaries of limitation. Abraham, old and childless, looked at the stars and envisioned that he would father a nation of people too numerous to count. Joseph dreamed vividly of his future and helped untangle the dreams of others. Solomon had a dream in which God told him he could have anything he asked for. Daniel had prophetic dreams and his ability to understand and interpret the dreams of others led to favour and promotion from the King. The prophet Joel declared that the sign of God’s Spirit being poured out on His people is that they would a people characterised by visions and dreams. In the nativity account, Joseph had a dream which enabled him to make some sense of his bride-to-be’s pregnancy.
In more recent times, as William Wilberforce started to dream of the abolition of slavery in the 18th Century Britain, the possibility for culture change had already begun. As Martin Luther King began to dream of racial equality in segregated America, heaven celebrated the dawn of hope. The world needs and depends on dreamers.
You have permission to dream. In Kingdom culture the future is created and carried first in our hearts then into the world. As Bill Johnson says: “You are God’s idea, and He longs to see the treasure that is in your heart. As we learn to dream with God we become co-laborers with Him.”
We’ll think more tomorrow about what it looks like to partner with God in the fulfillment of our dreams. In the meantime, ponder this question: Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? It’s time to dream again.