>Dreams are an important medium of God’s revelation in the Hebrew Scriptures. God revealed Divine truth to Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph through dreams. In the wilderness, God said to Moses, Aaron & Miriam: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams” (Num 12: 6). The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, and Zechariah all write about their dreams and visions.
Conversely, the story of God’s calling of the prophet Samuel to service recounts that at that time there were not many visions (1 Sam 3:1). Proverbs 29:18 teaches: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The Hebrew word for vision in 1 Sam 3:1 is the same word used in Proverbs 29:18. The Hebrew word translated vision here is more than a basic dream; it has the connotation of vision, dream, revelation, oracle, prophecy. The prophets not only wrote about their own visions – they warned of times when there would be no visions.
Of course, the Hebrew Scriptures give witness to the importance of staying connected to God. It is when we are living with awareness of God’s presence and seeking God’s wisdom that we can see God’s vision and set out feet upon the path of righteousness. But, when we try to travel alone, we get lost in the darkness.
The prophet Joel reminds us that when darkness has kept dreams and visions from us, we need only to rend our hearts and return to the Lord (Joel 2:13) and God will receive us. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
Remembering the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., one cannot help but hear his words, “I have a dream.” In all that MLK said, it was apparent that he had a vision of God’s justice. Everything MLK did was a response to the vision of the beloved community living as one equal diverse human race. Though there were days that must have seemed bleak, he saw the Light of the World guiding his steps.
Have you dreamed dreams or seen visions lately? Helen Keller said: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Are you blindly walking through life or are you driven by God’s revelation?
May you dream dreams and see visions of the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven,