Many times people would say something like “Don’t worry about it, it is just a dream. It does not mean anything”. Really?? Does it not mean anything? Is it just a dream? What is a dream?
According to Webster’s Dictionary Dream is a sequence of images, etc. passing through a sleeping person’s mind. So a dream can include any images, thoughts and emotions that are experienced during sleep. It can be extraordinarily vivid or very vague; filled with joyful emotions or scary imagery; clear and understandable or unclear and even confusing.
In Christianity, dreams are believed to be one of means of communication used by God. Though they are often overlooked and neglected as supposed to be interpreted and used as guidance. Basically God uses dreams to reveal His plans in order to guide and to protect us. Dreams often come unexpectedly so we need to always be ready for them. When they do come we need to record them quickly and start to pray for knowledge and wisdom for interpretating the dreams.
The Word of God – Holy Bible -consistently reveals God as speaking to people through this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon, as shown in the following Bible verses (NIV).
Please note that these verses are taken out of their original context. For best understanding of each verse, reading the whole respective chapter is recommended.
- Genesis 20:3
But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”
- Genesis 20:6
Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her.
- Genesis 28:12
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
- Genesis 31:11
The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’
- Genesis 31:24
Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”
- Genesis 37:5-7
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
- Genesis 40:8
“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
- Genesis 41:10-12
Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.
- Genesis 41:25
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
- Genesis 41:32
The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
- Numbers 12:6
he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.
- Deuteronomy 13:1-3
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul.
- Judges 7:13-15
Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.”
His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”
When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”
- 1 Kings 3:5
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
- Job 33:15
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,
- Ecclesiastes 5:3
As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
- Ecclesiastes 5:7
Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.
- Daniel 5:12
This man Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”
- Daniel 7:1
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
- Daniel 7:15
“I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.
- Joel 2:28
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
- Matthew 1:20
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
- Matthew 2:12
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
- Matthew 2:13
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
- Matthew 2:19-20
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
- Matthew 27:19
While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
- Acts 2:17
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.