January 5

When Your Dream Is Delayed

“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him...then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” Genesis 37:19-20

Joseph found out what every dreamer finds out – not everyone is happy about your dream. Joseph found out that people would envy your dream, conspire against it, speak against it, and even attack your God-given dream. Joseph’s brothers put him in a pit and then sold him as a slave to go to Egypt, in part because of his God-given dream. Don’t you imagine that at that time, Joseph wondered just what in the world God was doing and if his dream would become a reality?

Remember that every God-given dream must die a human death. That is, every dream from God will come to a place where it is impossible to accomplish the dream in human ability alone. God is sovereign and His timing is perfect. Remember Habakkuk 2:3btells us to wait for our God given dreams to come true for, “the revelation awaits an appointed time…wait for it… it will certainly come and will not delay.” Therefore, when we run out of resources and get to a place where we realize that the dream God brings to us cannot happen unless God steps in, then God alone will get the glory when the dream is accomplished. His ways are not our ways, and He does not delay a single day.

Our prayer over these 40 days is for the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s will, God’s plan, God’s dream for our congregation and our lives. Like Joseph, we may encounter resistance to God’s dreams for our congregation, but our prayer is for God to strengthen us, especially when we face opposition to God’s dream for us.

Prayer for today: Heavenly Father, our mission is to reach out into our community, nation and world. And now, our dream is     to serve our community so You, Lord    Jesus, may be glorified as people come to know You as their Savior. Energize us as     we pass milestones along this journey of faith. May Your spirit encourage and enlighten us so that we may not be discouraged when the evil one surprises us with roadblocks along the way. Following Paul may we count it all joy! Amen

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”