When the dream experiences delay
Every believer knows that they are saved because they have acknowledged that Jesus is Lord, that He is the saviour of the world, that through Him our sins are forgiven, that we have His Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us and that we have access to eternal life our of pure mercy and grace and not as a result of anything we have done. This believer must also realise that he has been placed on earth for a purpose. And often God reveals that purpose as a dream or desire for the believer to execute. But why does it seem that there is a delay in fulfilling the dream? Here are a few biblical reasons:
1. You try “help God” get there in your own fallen wisdom
Abraham and Sarah decided to fulfil the promise of God by having Hagar bear the child. Ishmael was born, but he was not the dream child. The awaited dream child was Isaac. God patiently allowed Ishmael to be old enough to Bar Mitzvah and leave the home. Our impatience can birth more waiting. Our patience can yield a harvest of goodness. Abraham’s and Sarah’s fallen wisdom caused frustration. Sarah was tensed up because of the potential of Ishmael taking up part of Abraham’s inheritance. Abraham had to make a hard family decision. Hagar and Ishmael had to leave the home. These small frustrations cause delays because we trust in ourselves and not the LORD (Proverbs 3:5-6)
An idol is a God-substitute. Anything that we will value above God will not be right for us, even if it is a good thing. Isaac was born to Abraham and God asked Abraham to sacrifice him. God tested Abraham’s commitment and dedication. Isaac was a promise but God was the real treasure. When the gift becomes more valuable than the Giver, God will require us to lay it down at the altar. He isn’t taking the gift away; he is taking away the idol from us. Lay your Isaac down. Rejoice in the Giver more than the gift. At Mount Moriah, God provided a ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac. Hundreds of years later, God required an only Son to be sacrificed on the same mountain. That Son was Jesus. And He was most precious to His Father. God made the ultimate sacrifice so that idolatry would never delay his work in us. The cure for idolatry is to look to Mount Moriah and see the beauty of the bleeding Saviour. Our sins are gone and His righteousness is ours; no earthly dream of gift can be more precious than that.
3. You are immature
Joseph’s dream at 17 of ruling the world was to be fulfilled at the age of 30 when he was mature. His 17-year-old mouth needed to mature. At 17 he lacked the wisdom to see that he was the favourite and that it angered his brothers. He lacked emotional intelligence to be silent about his dream. God matured him through suffering. God often matures His children through pain and suffering. Joseph’s morals were matured in Egypt. When he was faced with Potiphar’s wife’s seduction, he could have easily given in because of the pain he was facing but he chose to grow up instead of giving up. If your morals are situational, then you are too immature to receive the blessing. The bible says in Psalm 105:19 “Until the time came to fulfil his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” (NLT)
4. You are not faithful with little.
In Genesis 39 we learn that Joseph prospered in Potiphar’s household and he also prospered in the prison. Joseph’s work ethic was so strong. He was not waiting to have an empire to show resilience and diligence. He showed it in the murk of prison duty. Joseph’s circumstances were not favourable but his attitude was solid gold. If your attitude is determined by your circumstances, then you are an unfaithful person in the eyes of God. If you are interested in change but not interested to change then the dream will always delay. The results you desire are custom-made to comply with a sanctified version of yourself. If they find that the sanctified version of yourself is inferior and incompatible to their intended faithful purpose, they will retreat until an upgrade is made on your part. You are not waiting on God; God is waiting on you.
5. Service is beneath you
God’s dreams for us involve serving people not to be Lords over people. If your dream is to be served, to be boss and to accumulate power, it is not a God-given dream; it is a carnal and selfish dream. Our dreams must have meeting the needs of people at the centre, not glorifying ourselves. Jesus himself exemplified this in Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (NLT). God does not grant believers dreams for them to boast in themselves; His dreams for us are to serve, serve, serve! If service is beneath you, then the dream is beyond you.