My husband gave me several books for Christmas, and so I have been reading a lot lately. I had forgotten how much I love to read a good book. “Traveling” to a place you have never been is one great benefit of reading. Jumping into history is another. Reading a good book can help the reader see from another’s perspective, have fresh insight, and challenge the reader to consider what they believe. And sometimes reading a good book can jog the memory regarding a truth once known but forgotten. But often, what I love about reading a good book is how my mind is stimulated to think more deeply, to ask more questions, and to grow in faith.
One author I was reading asked this question, what dream has God given you? That question has made me do some thinking. What is the dream God has given me? Am I willingly open to seeing that dream fulfilled? Am I able to trust God’s ability to make the dream a reality?
I think Jonathan had a dream recorded in I Samuel 14:6 & 7. It was a dream to defeat the Philistines and bring freedom to Israel’s people. The Philistines had been controlling the Israelites. Even to the point of refusing the Israelites their own blacksmiths. They didn’t want the Israelites to have access to any kind of weapon. Jonathan had been watching the Israelites fight, but nothing had been materializing to further this dream of freedom.
Time and time again, the Israelites were defeated and kept in bondage to the Philistines. But then Jonathan had an idea. I think it was a God-given dream. “Let’s go to the Philistines outpost and see if maybe the Lord will finally accomplish a win for the people.” Jonathan’s arm-bearer could have said, are you kidding me? Only the two of us against the Philistines thousands? However, he didn’t; he trusted Jonathan’s faith and followed his dream. Then Jonathan knowing how BIG his God was, added, perhaps the Lord will help us. God had a purpose to fulfill. He didn’t need Jonathan to overpower the Philistines, but he chose to use Jonathan and his faith to accomplish a massive action.
William Blaikie, a commentator from the 1800s, said this, “Jonathan knew God wanted to work with someone. Jonathan could have just prayed that God would rain down fire from heaven on the Philistines. But Jonathan knew that God uses the bold action and fighting spirit of His people.” In other words, God uses people who have God-given dreams to fulfill his will. Isn’t that good news? God gives his children dreams and uses their bold, at times risky, and willing action to fulfill his desires.
Read the rest of 1 Samuel 14 to see how God took Jonathan’s simple yet brave faith and made the Philistines “melt away.” It is a story worth reading.
So now I ask you the question, what dream has God given you?