I met with a friend of mine this morning who is exploring the option to move to Nashville and pursue a singing career. She is a beautiful young lady whom I first heard sing when she was 4 years old. God has definitely placed this dream in her heart, just as He has placed many dreams in each of our hearts which leads me to the question, “Do dreams really come true?”
Every time I address this subject, I always come back to the Word. I keep remembering the God is in control. And although I want the answer to be, “Yes, all dreams come true.” I have to be true to the Word. So let's look at His Word and see what it says.
Matthew 7:7-12 says:
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Psalm 37:4 says:
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Ephesians 3:20-21 encourages us with these words:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
These three particular verses definitely point toward the answer being “yes.” But look closely…is the answer “yes” without any responsibility on our part?
Is it “yes” for every dream we can dream?
Do you see any common themes?
I do. In every verse God is the hero! God gets the glory in each situation. In Matthew 7 God is the Father who gives His children good gifts. In Psalm 37 we first are delighted in Him, and the HE provides a way to give us the desires of our heart. And, if we are delighting ourselves in Him, our the desires of our heart will change. We will want what He wants for us. Our dreams will not be self-driven dreams, they will be God-driven dreams.
Finally, in Ephesians 3:20, I get chills each time I read this because it portrays God as He truly is: God Almighty! He is the one with all the power. I love that verse 21 points everything back to God, “to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
How great is that! As you read through the Bible you will see that not every dream came true. And the same is true today. Many of us have dreams that never came true. And some of those leave us brokenhearted. Other dreams we are thankful God did not fulfill because of the path it would have taken our lives down.
Quite often, I tell my husband that he is better than the man of my dreams. What I mean is I couldn't dream big enough to dream I would marry a man as amazing as he is. I never dreamed I would marry a man that has the qualities and demeanor and personality that Carl has. But God knew better than I did. And waiting 30 years to find him was definitely worth the wait!
The same is true for many of our dreams…we dream in small scale dreams, but God sees the big picture. He not only knows what we need, but He knows how all the pieces will fit together to bring glory to Himself. And that is what a dream come true should be. A dream come true should be bringing glory and honor to God Almighty forever and ever!
What dreams do you have? Are they dreams that will bring glory and honor to God? Are they self-driven or God-driven? Were they born out of delighting yourself in the Lord? Or were they born our of delighting yourself in yourself?
Today explore your dreams! Start by delighting yourself in the Lord! Dream big dreams! Let God use you and your dreams to glorify Himself!