Do you know that God has a dream for your life?
A dream, as I’m referring to it here, is defined as the most desirable or ideal of circumstances.
Trust me, God wants to give you a dream life.
How do I know this? It is stated pretty plainly in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.”
That’s pretty straightforward, don’t you think?
Why Then Is Life Less Than Ideal?
Given my claim that God wants to give you a great life, you might want to ask me, “If God has a dream for my life, then why does my reality seem less than ideal?”
I’ve pondered this question myself in my own life and I think I have a few explanations to offer.
1. We Don’t Surrender to Him
We frequently let our expectations blind us to what God wants to do in our lives. We want God to go our way and give us the life we’ve dreamed of instead of the life He’s dreamed of for us.
Imagine a farmer trying to plow a field with a horse-drawn plow. But, the horse constantly has his own ideas about which way to go and how to accomplish the task. Ideas that are completely opposite of the farmer’s. How much is going to get accomplished?
I think we are often the horse. We don’t surrender and follow God like we should. His ways are so different from ours, but so much more effective. We have to trust Him, follow His Word and pay attention to the promptings of the Spirit. Once we surrender to His direction, then our lives will quickly become more fulfilling and satisfying.
2. We Don’t Step Out in Faith
Have you ever had an idea or urge that you didn’t act upon, but later felt was from God?
I’ve definitely experienced this and I hate it when I miss these.
I think we miss a lot of what God wants to do in our lives because we fail to step out in faith. Maybe we don’t see the purpose or maybe we don’t do it because it is out of our comfort zone. Bottom line, we blow it off.
This reminds me of the story of Naaman. Naaman was a highly regarded army commander, but he had leprosy. Elisha told Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan River to be cured, but Naaman resisted. Here’s what happened next:
But his servants caught up with [Naaman] and said, “Father, if the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple ‘wash and be clean’?”” 2 Kings 5:13 MSG
It was a simple thing that God asked Naaman to do. Yet, Naaman was stubborn. He didn’t step out in faith because to him what God wanted him to do seemed silly. He didn’t see the point.
Ours is not to understand, but to obey. Fortunately, Naaman listened to the wisdom of his servants and he was cured. Once he obeyed God, his skin was restored like that of a young boy. In other words, things worked out ideally for Naaman once he was willing to step out in faith instead of relying on his own reasoning.
3. We Turn Back Too Soon
Perhaps you have experienced a taste of God’s dream for your life, but then things got rough and you turned back.
When you do the will of God, opposition will arise. Notice I didn’t say may arise. I said will arise.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 ESV
You have a spiritual enemy and he will do anything to keep you from living the dream that God has for your life. You must expect opposition and plow through it.
Don’t be like the seed that fell on the rocky path. When the sun rose, it withered away, because it had no roots. You must patiently persevere.
Put on the full armor of God just like we are instructed in Ephesians 6. You need truth, righteousness, peace, faith, prayer and the Word of God on your side to overcome the spiritual opposition you will face.
Never back down again and you will break through to God’s dream for your life. James tells us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Live God’s Dream for Your Life
There is no reason to live a small life. You are more than a conqueror and nothing is impossible with Christ.
So, from now on:
- Surrender completely to all his commands and promptings
- Step out in faith even when you don’t understand completely
- Beat the opposition by expecting it and putting on the full armor of God
These are three areas I’m working diligently to improve on myself. I’m convinced that when I do, I will see even more of the dream that God has for my life.
Are you living God’s dream for your life? Let me know your thoughts!