Do you like to dream about what will happen in the future? Jabez did, David did and we do…sometimes. But how big are our dreams?
1Chron 17 David had a dream to build a house for God. God wanted to build a dynasty with David as its beginning. Although David at first may have felt like his dream was shattered and that is our feeling sometimes too when God says no. Yet when Nathan shared God’s dream David was overwhelmed and he went in and sat before the Lord. What do you do when God says your dream is just not big enough? God sometimes says I have greater plans, plans you cannot even imagine. Jeremiah wanted the Israelite captives to know what God had in mind for them at the end of their captivity which was just what he had told David. “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord.”
God said: I have planned, I have plans, I have plans.
Did you grab that? God is a future thinker! Are you, am I?
For David, as a former shepherd, it was mind-boggling to think that God wanted to bless him. As David listened he was overcome with praise. He sat before the Lord and poured out his praises.
What do you do when God reveals His plans for you and your family? Do you stop to adore him and praise Him with a humble overflowing heart? Is your dream too small? Why not dream like God does?
Daniel 4 “Molded For His Purpose”
Daniel had been given the marvelous gift of interpreting dreams, not for his glory, but for God’s. Daniel knew his purpose in life and he used each opportunity to share His God. God has protected and delivered the Hebrew faithful. He has blessed Daniel with the gift to interpret dreams. Daniel has seen the grace and mercy of the God Most High and now will see the fruit of his steadfast witness. Unlike Pharaoh, who hardened his heart and then God hardened even further, with Nebuchadnezzar there is hope for his salvation. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
God knows the heart is “deceitful more than anything else, it is incurably bad.”  God also knows the way it will turn. [Jer 17] Some, like Pharaoh, will resist to their own doom, and end up seeing his empire collapse in a wave of water. But some like Nebuchadnezzar, just need to be placed on the potter’s wheel for a time and feel His hands of love molding and shaping. Therefore, In His lovingkindness, God will once again give the king a lesson in His grace and longsuffering through a dream. As Daniel is dumbfounded, Nebuchadnezzar is cool as a cucumber. The interpretation will move the king from knowing “about” God to “knowing” God. To do that Nebuchadnezzar’s pride must be removed before the king will extol and praise God. God will mold him through adversity that may be a useful vessel for the Master.
Perhaps you are on the Master’s pottery wheel. Will you let Him have his way to mold you into a work of art so you can extol the God Most High?