Fresh Hope – 8th November 2016

Last week, we looked at the dreams that we have for our lives and the importance of small beginnings.

In Genesis, Joseph, in a moment of naivety, told his brothers about things that God had revealed to him in his dreams. As we know from the story, his brothers, (already envious of their youngest sibling) tried their best to be rid of him altogether.

Genesis 37: 5-8 ‘Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.’

There are two important lessons to be learnt from this story.

The first is to protect your dream. The reason that God communicates with you directly is because there are things that He wants to reveal to you and you alone. There is a time for everything. No matter how exciting, wild or wonderful our dreams are, wisdom about who we share them with is vital in keeping them alive.

The second is a warning to not be like Joseph’s brothers. I want to encourage you today with this thought: there is enough for everyone.

A calling on someone else’s life does not mean that there is no calling on yours. We will all face times where we feel that someone has something we think that we deserve. Do not let that consume you. Instead, know that there is a plan and purpose for each and every one of us – each one unique and important. God’s favour knows no favourites.

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

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