Death of a Dream

Have you ever heard this said?  Don’t you want to see my dream fulfilled? Sounds like a plausible question does it not? In fact the question worded as it is puts us in a peculiar position. If we say no the questioner is offended. If we say yes we may be leading them astray. Such is the case the Prophet Nathan was put in in 2 Sam 7 and 1 Chron 17.  In reality, we should ask the questioner are you putting your dream ahead of God’s dream for you?  We might ask them shouldn’t your question be “Don’t you want to see God’s dreams fulfilled?”  In the 4th chapter of 1 Chronicles we find a man by the name of Jabez.  We might say “he got it right.”  He asked God to fulfill his dream which was essentially God’s dream so that when others encountered him, God would get the glory not him. So Jabez prayed:  “If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!” Don’t miss this:  God answered his prayer.”

We know from that last phrase that his dream was for God’s blessing, not his. God answers the prayers of the righteous and humble and Jabez was that. In fact, we learn that he was more respected or honorable than all of his brothers. This story teaches us that God has some pretty important lessons for us and often they are compacted in very short snippets, like 7 verses or as in the case of Jabez only 1 verse! So 2 Sam 7 and 1 Chron 17 is one of those just like the Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chron 4.

In 2 Sam 7 and 1 Chron 17 we read that David had a vision or a dream. It came from a pure and humble heart.

GET THIS POINT IF YOU DON’T GET ANYTHING ELSE HERE: 

There was nothing wrong with David’s dream and there may be nothing wrong with yours.

In fact, as the prophet Nathan listened, he responded, in today’s vernacular, just like we might:  “Go for it!”   But in the middle of the night God spoke to the prophet.  God said go and  tell David emphatically “NO!”  So, sheepishly Nathan takes what God said and returns to David with God’s message. Hearing no, David had some choices; and when we hear God say “no” we also have some choices. We can say God you are being unfair, or  you and others are against me. You can be bitter, angry, have a temper tantrum or submit. The rest of this chapter shows us the lesson God wants us to learn when David experiences  the “death of his dream” and how we can respond.

 He went in and sat before the Lord 

How about you, have you experienced an unfulfilled dream?  It may have come like David’s from a pious heart but God has said “no.” Here’s the real question; was it “your” dream or His? Now don’t miss this!  God didn’t take away his dream but showed David how much bigger His dream was instead of David’s.   Jesus reminds us that unless a kernel of wheat, like our dream(s), falls into the ground and dies it cannot produce a far greater yield than if we left it above ground.  Don’t stop listening when God says noWHY? He usually has something far greater or bigger than you can imagine.

How does this apply to discipleship? You have a dream to disciple another and it just hasn’t worked out. You are discouraged or disappointed and wonder why. You may think your dream was just that; a dream and nothing else. Take a hint and do as David. Go and sit before the Lord and share your heart. You may get the shock of a lifetime! God is listening! God cares but you may have missed his bigger dream because you are focused on yours and not His.

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