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Genesis 37 (NKJV)
2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
6 So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:
7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.
8 And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
This passage is about Joseph, and the power of a God-given dream. Has God given you a dream? We want to find out from the life of Joseph, what we can do to cooperate with God in bringing whatever dream He has given us to fulfillment. However, we must first understand how God uses the Holy Spirit to birth dreams in us and show us things that are yet to happen.
The Role of the Holy Spirit
John 16 (NKJV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
Just as Jesus was committed to doing the will of the Father, so is the Holy Spirit. He is not going to speak other than what the Father tells Him. Furthermore, Jesus tells us in this passage that God wants us to know “things to come”. Why would He want to show us things to come? So we can prepare for them, or in some cases, so we can change things where necessary. God is not interested in hiding secrets from us. He wants to reveal them to us. That’s why it’s to our benefit to get to know the Holy Spirit intimately. He is the One who will show us things to come.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit would glorify Him by taking what is His – that is His Word, His revelation of the plans He has for us in life – and then the Spirit will declare them to us. Wasn’t it beneficial for Peter when Jesus told him in John 21:18, that he was going to preach the gospel until he was old? Not too long after that, Peter was thrown in jail in Acts 12. Pending his imminent execution, he was soundly to sleep, secure in the knowledge that he was too young to die! Jesus’ revelation to him of things to come helped to guide the way Peter lived. Praise God that today, He is still in the business of showing us things to come!