Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
We do not know much about Pontius Pilate’s wife, but her profound statement should have been heeded by her husband. Matt 27:19 While he was sitting on the judge’s bench, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I’ve suffered terribly in a dream because of him.” Pontius Pilate’s wife got a clear message in a dream but was not able to convey the seriousness of it to her husband, and therefore, her fears were not eased.
It is a blessing when we get a clear direction from God in a dream. We wake up knowing what to do. There is an assurance in our soul that what God has sown into our hearts during the night will work. Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds. 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 He makes them turn from doing wrong; He keeps them from pride. Someone might ask, “Why does God wait until we are sleeping to sow His instructions within us?” Probably, if we were awake, we would argue with Him all night, and there would be no end to our asking, “Why Lord?”
God said our sleep would be pleasant and not nightmarish. Prov. 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant. This pleasantness of peaceful sleep will coincide with the assurance that when God comes and talks to us in our dreams, we will get clear instructions for life and the growth of our faith.
Joseph got clear instructions from God to get out of town to keep Mary and Jesus safe from being murdered. Matt. 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Joseph could trust the dream because he had already been approached by God in a previous dream, to take Mary as his wife. God assured Joseph that he could trust Mary because God was doing a great work through her. Matt 1:20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Not only does God protect us by warning us in a dream, but He also leads us on our life’s path and directs the course of a nation’s history. King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream that shook him to the core. Dan. 2:3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” Nebuchadnezzar wanted the magicians and astrologers of his realm to interpret the dream, and also describe the dream itself without any explanation of the dream from the king. This caused a crisis among the soothsayers because they would have to know the dream to give their so-called readings.
Daniel said, “Is not the interpretation of dreams for God?” Daniel seeks God’s wisdom and understanding of the dream and brings clear answers to the king. Dan. 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Daniel describes the future events that will take place and affect nations and kingdoms from that day forth. The king makes an incredible declaration as to the power of Daniel’s living God because of the true interpretation. Dan. 2:47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.”
God is always trying to get His word to us and into us. The Lord will use every imaginable method He deems fit for us to understand what He wants for our lives. Do not dismiss the power and effectiveness of dreams. We should embrace with assurance the revelatory instructions that are delivered to us in this amazing way. Keep all channels of communication open with God. The Lord promised that He would reveal mysteries to us through dreams in these last days. Acts 2:17 And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Embrace God’s goodness and ask God for a dream.
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