Behold, the Dreamer Cometh
Genesis 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Intro: When we think or hear the name Joseph, we can’t help but associate his name with the concept of dreams. Joseph had dreams. He heard dreams. He interpreted dreams. His life was all about dreams.
In fact, his brothers called him “the dreamer.”
Question: Do you have a dream? Have you ever dreamed? Do you even know how?
Has God put something on your heart – something in your heart – that you want to see come to pass?
I am a dreamer. I’ve always been a dreamer. I’d read books of great leaders and their exploits and dream.
Then, God began giving me dreams. Putting them in my heart. Giving me a reason to live.
I want to always be a dreamer. I never want to stop dreaming.
I want to have goals and ambitions and let God help me make them a reality.
But it’s become more than that. I want to help others dream.
I don’t want to be one of the ones that never dream. (life just happens to them – no direction)
- ILLUSTRATION: TOMBSTONE THAT SAID – DIED AT 30, BURIED AT 60.
The great men of the Bible had a desire – dreams – that motivated them to stay faithful and live for God.
I. The Revelation of His Dreams
- Genesis 37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
- Genesis 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
The one thing that set Joseph apart from all the others were the one thing that would CONTINUE to set him apart – his dreaming.
A. It was Significant
Though it was a dream, it was real enough that he remembered all the details.
He didn’t ask to dream. He just did.
He didn’t make it up. It was real. And it was from God.
His dream was clear – HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE AVERAGE!
HE HAD NO DESIRE TO BE A PART OF THE STATUS QUO.
Joseph’s dream was significant because he dreamed of being a leader, and it was the next to the youngest son.
B. It was Shared
He was impacted by God’s plan for his life enough that he was not ashamed of it.
He didn’t just have the dream once. He had it again.
Twice Joseph had a dream, and twice he told it to his brethren.
If God has put something in your heart – tell somebody!
Don’t keep it a secret!
C. It was Scoffed
His dreams caused a lot of envy, hatred and bitterness by those that were not dreamers.
Most people are too lazy to dream.
They look for dreamers to do all the work for them.
Most people in life do not have any dreams – any desires to do anything or be anything for God.
Most people will instead fight or try to hinder your dreams – your desires for God from ever happening.
If you are waiting for those around you to make your dreams come true – you might as well forget it!!!
NOTE: SEE Genesis 37:11
To the people that are not important, your dreams will produce ANGER.
To the people that ARE important, your dreams will produce ANTICIPATION.
II. The Resuscitation of His Dreams
Genesis 37:20 Let us slay him…and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
NOTE: IT IS NOBODY ELSE’S JOB TO KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE. If you won’t, nobody will!
Immediately following God’s revelation, Joseph faced multiple opportunities for his dreams to die.
Challenging annoyances that would have derailed most people’s dreams and desires to pursue God’s plan.
Humanly speaking, it was the work of men that were trying to hinder Joseph.
Divinely speaking, it was the work of God ordering the steps of Joseph.
God’s path for our lives isn’t always straight, neat, clean, happy, cheerful paths.
Sometimes he leads us through the valley of the shadow of death.
But through it all, Joseph never let his dreams die.
- Quote: Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. It’s better to have an impossible dream than no dream at all.
To name just a few of the challenges that Joseph had to overcome:
A. Family Attacks – his own flesh and blood turned on him and envied and hated him – 37:27
B. Financial Anxiety – he worked as a slave with no hope of financial independence or freedom – 39:1-5
C. Fleshly Attractions – as a young man, he had to deal with the temptations of lustful enticement – 39:7
D. False Accusations – in spite of his character and integrity, he was accused of crimes and immorality – 39:14
E. Forsaken Atmosphere – he sat in an Egyptian prison for 2 years – 41:1
F. Forgotten Assistance – people he’d helped and befriended walked away and forgot him – 40:23
He never let his dreams die – even against all odds.
He kept his dreams alive several ways:
A. He stayed Committed to his Dream
He had dreamed at 17 of being a leader, so even in slavery and in prison, he became a leader.
God supernaturally promoted Joseph in 41:40, but it was Joseph’s character and walk with God that promoted him in Potiphar’s house and in the prison.
If he had sat down, had a bad attitude and turned his back on God, his dream as a boy wouldn’t have come true.
B. He kept Company with other Dreamers – Genesis 40:5; 41:1
Dreamers attract dreamers. They gravitate to each other.
God will allow your path to cross with other dreamers.
In fact, God will use other dreamers to help your dreams become a reality.
C. He never lost Confidence in Dreams – 41:16
When Pharaoh mentioned dreams being interpreted, Joseph could have said, “Dreams don’t come true.”
He didn’t get disenfranchised with dreams and their meanings.
He was confident – God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
III. The Realization of His Dreams
After years of detours, setbacks, trials, tribulations, pain and misfortune, Joseph finally arrived at the place God had intended for him to be.
- Now, instead of Family Attacks, his family bowed themselves down before him.
- Now, instead of Financial Anxiety, he had everything his heart could ever want. – 40:42
- Now, instead of Fleshly Attractions, he was finally permitted to marry and have a family – 40:45
- Now, instead of False Accusations, his word was now the final say in matters of right and wrong – 44:1-12
- Now, instead of being in a Forsaken Atmosphere, he was second in the land. 40:46
- Now, instead of Forgotten Assistance, people all over the world were indebted to him for his help. 43:1
Joseph’s life was one of many detours and seemingly overwhelming setbacks, but God’s Divine Detours brought him to the place that God had given him a premonition of 13 years earlier as a teenage boy.
During that span of time, he learned what it was like to be:
- Sold by his brethren
- Slave labor for Potiphar
- Slandered by Potiphar’s wife
- Sentenced to spend years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.
Yet Joseph kept following God, even through all the detours.
God is more interested in TIMING than He is in TIME.
You and I have no control over God’s timing – but we do have control over our character while we wait.
Notice this amazing truth:
- Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
His dreams coming true “saved much people alive.”
Because he kept his dreams alive, God used him to keep many people alive.
So what is the secret to dreams coming true?
It is not playing politics with the leadership.
It is not lobbying for positions or nominating yourself.
It is not by acting superior or bragging about yourself and your abilities.
The key to your dreams coming true is to be FAITHFUL.
God knows where you are.
He is the only One that can make it happen anyway.
But realize – you are the only one that can keep the flames burning and the dream alive!
When people see you, do they see a dreamer?