Everyone has experienced having dreams. Some of us have good dreams, that make us wake up with a smile. Others have nightmares. But some of us will have recurring dreams that frequent our heads every night. Begging the question: what do my dreams mean? Let’s see.
God is Trying to Tell you Something
Have you ever had your mom or dad pester you about the same thing over and over again? Maybe its cleaning your room, or taking out the trash. They will keep bringing it up until you do something about it. Well, as a loving father, God does the same thing with us.
For example, In 1 Samuel 28:15, King Saul states,
“I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”
Sometimes God would speak directly to people in their dreams like He did with Abimelek in Genesis 20:3,
“But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”
It makes sense for God to speak to us (indirectly or directly) in dreams. Throughout the day, were often too busy with the things of life and have too much on our minds for us to fully hear God’s voice. So consider, is God trying to speak to me in my dreams? Maybe the dream is a wake up call to pray. Or perhaps your dream may foretell things to come.
Our Dreams May Foretell the Future
Considering the average person dreams four to six times per night according to the National sleep foundation, the fact we wake up remembering one specific one can be significant. It may be prudent to ask a pastor or trusted spiritual authority in your life about the dream. Just like King Nebuchadnezzar did in Daniel 2: 1-2.
“In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams…”
This king had one dream that was so impactful he threatened to kill people over it (can you say “crazy?”). When you have a dream that sticks with you and “troubles you” its from the Lord. Again, don’t be so quick to write off dreams! Especially the ones that trouble you.
Now I know some of us have dreams that are weird or crazy. But some of them do have a meaning: and I encourage you to pray and search for the meaning. Dreams have meaning. Don’t be so quick to write off your dream: especially if its recurring or if they trouble you. Like the wise turtle Oogway from the movie Kung Fu panda once said, “nothing is without meaning.”