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24
SEP
2008

Dreaming In Vain


Dreaming In Vain

Given the correct context, a healthy thing for a Christian to do is dream.  When we dream, we often imagine something beyond our reach.  We imagine something we cannot accomplish on our own.  We dream of something that requires a higher power to carry out.  The problem with dreaming about something is that we must not dream in vain.  When we dream in vain, believing that our dream will have no effect, we disable ourselves from accomplishing that dream.  But there is hope; we don't have to dream in vain, because we have never dreamt anything so extraordinary that God has not first dreamed Himself.

Dream vs. Hope

I began thinking about what the difference might exactly be between a dream and a hope.  Here are a couple definitions I found interesting.

Dream - a wild or vain fancy.
Hope - to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.

This makes it seem like a hope is more realistic - something that is more likely to actually happen and not a wild thought you had in your mind.  In scripture, it seems to be pretty clear that God is a god of hope.  We see this in many different places.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

God Is On Our Side

We should constantly be hoping to see great things happen with God: to introduce a friend to Him, to have an impact on your school's campus or workplace, to pour out His Spirit in the darkest areas.  We don't need to dream in vain.  God is with us, and He is a great god.  Expect great things.

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."(Matthew 19:26)