Reference Verse: Numbers 12:6
Then He said, “Hear now My words: if there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
There are various ways in which God usually made himself known to us.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.”
These passages of Scripture from the Book of Joel say that we all receive prophetic dreams because we have a personal connection with our Heavenly Father. God is always speaking to us. He speaks continually through all our states of consciousness and unconsciousness.
Job 33:14-16 “For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds. Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.”
Further confirmation of God speaking through dreams and visions to His children is found in the book of Job.
That’s the heart of God: to reach out to us through our dreams either to get our attention or give us instructions.
A good example from the Bible is Joseph. Through his dreams, God provided Joseph with knowledge and instructions from his imprisonment, to his escape, until his promotion to leadership.
How to respond to your dreams:
1. Ecclesiastes 5:7 “Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.”
- It is unwise to rely on one dream alone. Deuteronomy 19:15 instructs us that a matter must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. Moreover, when studying the Bible, one must not draw a conclusion from one specific verse alone, but rather a medley of passages. It’s the same with dream interpretation: we must ask God for another confirmation through His Word, in prayer or through His people.
2. Dismiss any dream designed to lead us away from our true Savior.
- Example: apparitions of Virgin Mary at a random site.
3. Seek the Giver of the dream instead of the dream.
- A perfect example is the Pharaoh of Egypt found on Genesis 41. He had two special dreams that neither he nor his wise councilors, among the greatest sages of Egypt, could interpret them. Pharaoh then summoned Joseph from his prison cell and as we know the rest was history.
- Even in his slavery and imprisonment, Joseph stayed connected to God.
- In the same manner, if we are connected with our Divine Source we all have the capacity to interpret dreams and handle more!
Summary text by Mary Rose Gazzingan