How God uses dreams and dreamers By Samuel Rodriguez, CP Contributor for Christian Post
The secret to keeping your eyes on the prize is looking ahead and not behind.
Once you have embraced your calling as a Christ follower, you must remain faithful to the course God has revealed to you. God will fulfill His promises as you bring your divinely inspired dreams to life.
While his journey to becoming the father of a nation was never easy, Jacob experienced the life-transforming power of God through an extraordinary dream. After cheating his twin brother Esau out of his birthright, Jacob tricked their father Isaac into blessing him with what was not Jacob’s to receive (see Genesis 27). Furious over the deception, Esau vowed to kill his brother, which prompted their mother, Rebekah, to send Jacob on the road to stay with her brother, Laban, in Haran until Esau cooled down (see Genesis 27:42–43).
So there was Jacob, escaping from the wrath of his family when God shared a dream of his divine destiny. While sleeping, Jacob dreamed of stairs reaching from earth to Heaven, with angels going up and down its steps. At the top stood God, who told Jacob that he would become the father of a nation with countless descendants (see Genesis 28:13–14). Then the Lord blessed him: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:15).
No matter how badly Jacob had blown it back home or how he would blow it again, he had a God-given dream to realize. Jacob knew he could let go of his past because God had revealed his future. Climbing the ladder to his dreams would make stretching for each rung worth it.
When you lived in your past without Christ, you didn’t have a dream. You had an illusion. Running in place, stuck on a treadmill of your own making, you didn’t plow with perseverance but dug a rut that grew deeper the more you relied on your power instead of God’s. But in Christ, your nightmare is replaced with God’s dream for your life.