Not all dreams are from God. You may have read about the dreams Abimelech, Jacob, Joseph, Pharaoh, and Nebuchadnezzar had in the Old Testament. God gave those dreams, but not all dreams come from God. Some dreams are merely our own daydreams. The difference may be difficult to distinguish. Test it. You know Satan will and pushback from the world is all but a certainty. Misinterpreting a daydream as a dream can be costly.
Have you seen the movie “Rudy”? It is a true story about a boy who all his life had a dream to play football for Notre Dame. Everyone said he was crazy; his parents, his brothers, every student. His grades in high school were not good enough to go to college. He had spent too much time day dreaming and not enough time doing the hard work of studying. He was short and slight of stature. He did not have the body to play football, nor could he or his family afford college. Nevertheless, in spite of countless rejections, ridicule, and disappointments he did it. Respect replaced ridicule. Others saw him not as insane but as an inspiration. Against all odds he played in a home game, made a tackle, and graduated. Not since 1975 has another player been carried off the field at Notre Dame.
Rudy asked a priest in the midst of his maelstrom if he would help him. The priest replied that in thirty-five years of ministry he had learned two inconvertible truths; there is a God and he was not Him. In other words, God’s will is not always easily understood or accepted. Things are not always smooth or have a happy ending—in this life. Bad things happen to good people.
Rudy reminds me of another young lad named David. David was a shepherd who went to take provision to his brothers. They were soldiers in the army of Israel. He found them on the front lines facing the Philistines and their champion, Goliath. Shocked in their lack of faith in Almighty God, David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” Like Rudy, David experienced his older brother’s ridicule and scorn. In essence they said, “Wake up. You’re dreaming!” Yet, David refused to loose heart when neither friend nor foe took him seriously. He was not big enough or trained enough to be a warrior. Any thought of defeating the giant Goliath was folly. Nevertheless, his king granted him permission to fight and sent him off with the words recorded in 1 Samuel 17, “Go, and the LORD be with you.’ So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”
Do you have a dream or merely a day dream? No? Not sure? Ask, “God, do you have a dream for me?” If it is from God AND you don’t give up, it will happen no matter how unlikely success appears. It’s worth the wait and the work.