The Orange Leader
I know friends who will very sincerely say, “I never, ever dream.” But, truthfully, everyone dreams. There are no exceptions. In fact, studies show that if one does not dream it has a harmful effect upon one’s psyche or thoughts, emotions and behavior. One MUST dream to maintain emotional balance.
I also know friends who want to believe that every dream has some spiritual meaning; that God is trying to tell them something they are otherwise too “unspiritual” to comprehend when they pray, study the Scriptures, meditate and generally fellowship with the Lord in their devotional life. This notion may also create other problems.
I am neither a student of dreams nor an interpreter of dreams. I have had mind boggling dreams and others that have had clear and easy to understand meanings. Yes, a friend may be able to help one understand a dream. But don’t count on it. I do believe, however, that if God has something to say to you in a dream you will understand what He is trying to say. In a previous column I mentioned several Biblical characters who dreamed and God’s will and purpose was revealed. If you examined these dreams you recognized the interpretation was readily known. The Nativity story of Joseph and Mary is a classic example.
Question: have you heard of a precognitive dream? Precognition is defined as “knowledge of something in advance of its occurrence.” Experts tell us that a precognitive dream is very rare and uncommon. However, it appears that both the “wise men from the east” (Matthew 2:1) and Joseph (Matthew 2:13-15) had precognitive dreams warning them of dangers to come. Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus fled into Egypt and the wise men “departed into their own country another way” because of their precognitive dreams.
Scripture tells in the Old Testament book of Joel 2:28, and Peter preached about it on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17), that one way God reveals Himself is through dreams, visions and prophecy. Isn’t it true that we are living in “the last days?” Should we not expect the Holy Spirit to use these methods to reveal God’s will or purpose? Is the need any less today?
While I believe dreams may be profitable and have significance, great care must be exercised in determining their meaning especially in the realm of guidance. “…and be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27).