Perhaps you don’t understand the meaning of the word. Perhaps you think it means one who wastes time in wishful thinking rather than facing reality and getting the job done. Perhaps you believe that facing reality is the only way to live because you believe that reality is truth.
But what if reality is not truth?
Cervantes, author of the classic novel Don Quijote de la Mancha, wrote these thought-provoking words: “Reality is the enemy of Truth.” What did Cervantes mean? Was he as crazy as his famous character Don Quijote was considered by some to be? Did Cervantes (and Don Quijote) see something we need to see about life?
I think so.
Cervantes said basically what the Word of God proclaimed thousands of years before: ” . . . what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:13). The universe we see around us (“what we now see”) came from the words (that cannot be seen) spoken by God at creation. God spoke the universe into existence. His words (that we cannot see) created the universe (that we can see).
The same is true of the items in your home. That table where you eat dinner was an idea (that you cannot see) in someone’s mind before it became a table (that you can see). The car you drive was an idea in someone’s mind before it became a car. If you yourself have ever created anything–be it a drawing, a story, a song, a building, a scarf, a meal–it was an idea in your mind before it became a reality. The idea in your mind is called a dream.
Joseph was a master dreamer. His story is found in Genesis 37:18. At his father’s command, Joseph had gone out to the fields to check on his brothers. When they saw him approaching, they said mockingly, “Here comes the dreamer!” Joseph had shared with them earlier the dreams God had given him that his brothers would one day bow down to him. Just as God revealed, his brothers did bow down to him in thanksgiving many years later when Joseph, then Pharaoh’s right-hand man, would provide them with food during a great famine.
What if dreaming is actually the precursor to truth? What if a dreamer is one who sees truth in advance? What if, as Jesus taught, believing the truth comes before seeing the truth manifested in your life?
What is truth anyway?
Truth is whatever God’s Word says about who we are, what we can do, and what we can have. Anything contrary to what God says is not truth. It is a lie.
Joseph chose to believe what God had revealed to him in a dream rather than the dire circumstances of the pit in which he found himself imprisoned. He chose to focus on the dream, not on the dungeon.
What about you? Are you focusing on the dream or the dungeon? Are you focusing on your sickness or on the truth that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus (I Peter 2:24)? Are you focusing on the negative balance in your checkbook or on the truth that our God supplies all your need (Philippians 4:19)?
Dream or dungeon? What will you focus on and believe?
The choice is yours.
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