Visions and Dreams
"Daniel had understanding in all [kinds of] visions and dreams." Daniel 1:17, AMP
Has God given you a vision or dream for your life? Have you wondered if and when it will come to pass? I have.
It was 1979, and I was a biology major at Western Michigan University, planning to become a dentist. I was a fairly new Christian and the Lord had been working in my heart. One day I was in my dorm room and—out of the blue—I had a vision. I was wide awake and my eyes were open when all of the sudden I saw two things:
First, I saw what looked like a big wall of books, like you would see in a library or a bookstore. In this vision, as I walked toward the shelves of books, I noticed that my name was on the spine of the books. I thought, "I'm going to write books?" Then, in this vision, the scene changed and I saw myself standing on a stage in a large auditorium speaking to a group of people, sharing God's Word. I thought, "I'm going to speak?" (To be a writer or a speaker at that time seemed so odd to me—especially since I was a biology major who wanted to be a dentist!)
Now, fast forward 30 years. Just as the Lord showed me in that vision 30 years ago, He's led me to write books that are on bookstore shelves and He's led me to speak and teach His Word in auditoriums. The Lord knows the end from the beginning! He was well aware of His plans for me and I am convinced that He showed me a glimpse of my future through that vision in 1979 to keep me encouraged along the way.
So, what about you? The Lord knows the plans He has for you, too! What has He shown you? What divine counsels has He given you concerning future events in your life? What visions and dreams has He given you?
Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit would show us things to come—that is a big part of His ministry in our lives. In these last days, the Spirit is being poured out on all flesh—and the Lord is revealing His plans and purposes through revelation, dreams and vision.
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [divinely suggested] dreams. Yes, and on My menservants also and on My maidservants in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels and predicting future events pertaining especially to God's kingdom]." (Acts 2:17-18 AMP)
Be encouraged today! As the Lord reveals His plan to you—through His Word, a knowing, a revelation, a dream or a vision—if you will stay steady in your pursuit of the Lord and the things He has shown you, He will perform them! It may not happen overnight; it may take years and even decades for the full fruition of the visions He gives us to come to pass, but just like Hezekiah 2:2-3 said, "Then the LORD answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.'" (NKJV)
Say It: “Father, I thank You that You know the end from the beginning! I thank You for showing me things to come. I believe the vision is for an appointed time and in the end it will speak! In Jesus' Name. Amen."