Pacific Baptist Church has been the birthplace of many dreams! Under the preaching of God’s Word many have aspired to do and be great things for Christ. Perhaps for you it was as a young person, sitting and listening to a sermon on the family. You sat there with a lump in your throat and watery eyes, both nervous and excited as you dreamed of the possibility of one day having a Godly family. Maybe the dream was birthed as pastor preached on the great commission and a fire was ignited within, you dreamed of taking the gospel to the unsaved world and seeing it impact their lives and eternities. If you have been at our church any length of time, no doubt there has been some type of dream, if not many dreams birthed in your heart!
Unfortunately, in our sin-tattered world we hit rough patches. Lost loved ones, broken relationships, betrayal, health issues, and disappointments often fog our dream. Often it seems our circumstances pause the dream. and as dreamers we get discouraged.
Joseph in the book of Genesis is a great example of one who endured unthinkable trials. He was given a big vision from God that seemed to be in the gutters as he was forced into slavery and served a prison sentence while being separated from his family. One thing that sticks out to me each time I read the book of Genesis is Joseph’s consistency and integrity as he endures trials. The dream might have been put on pause, but the dreamer ever lived. As long as the dreamer was alive so was his dream! Joseph’s dream eventually did come to pass, because the dreamer didn’t compromise when things got tough!
Where do you find yourself today? Are you a dreamer in a world of hurt? I’d plead with you to stay consistent (church attendance, relationship with God, etc...) and keep your integrity. Your dream may not come to fruition today, but as long as the dreamer is where he/she needs to be when God wants the dream to be a reality, he/she will be there to experience it!
The success of the men of faith, their efforts, and their courage, came because they had something in common, they were people who lived in the Word of God.
Life does not consist of that which we possess. Joy doesn’t come from getting what we want.