Every place I turn these days I hear some preacher talking about God’s dream for you. In my search of the Scriptures I have yet to find a verse that mentions God having a dream for me, or that I need to fulfill God’s dream for me. It isn’t in the Bible. Of course, a lot of things being promoted in the Church today have no foundation whatever in the Bible, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Hey, why let a lack of biblical support for my new pet fad stand in the way of having the latest, coolest thing in “culturally relevant religious stuff”? The new mission statement of the “church” seems to be “Let no new cultural trend or fad go unused in the ever-increasing lust for bigger gimmicks to draw people into ‘our church’ ”.
In all fairness, I do find passages that speak of being in the will of God in one form or another. Second Peter 3:9 says in part, God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. Perhaps in some cases it’s just a matter of semantics in the way the speaker means “dream” versus “will” of God. However, on many (probably most) occasions this is clearly not the case, and something altogether different than “God’s will” is meant by the term “God’s dream”. Furthermore, words mean things, and the words “dream” and “will” do not mean the same thing. Perhaps this could be excused on the part of a new, or otherwise immature, Christian. But this kind of theological and linguistic sloppiness cannot be excused on the part of highly educated ministers, or ministers in high positions of leadership. For these folks I would suggest a good Webster’s Dictionary as a starting place, and then probably a good theological dictionary or software program as a more advanced resource. There are several good ones, but I like BibleWorks and PC Study Bible.
Let’s consider a few things here. First, in order to dream one must be asleep or have a yet unrealized or even unknown desire for a future outcome. The Bible says, “He [God] will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:3-4 NKJV). Second, to have a dream of the future means you don’t know what the future holds. Yet God does know the future. Which brings us to a third issue; that of the omniscience (all knowing nature) of God. So if God dreams for our future, that would suggest He doesn’t know the future. Yet the Bible says, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure’ ” (Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV). So if God neither slumbers nor sleeps, and if God already knows the end from the beginning, then that rules out the human nonsense of God having a dream for us. It sounds good to the carnal, narcissistic ear, but it isn’t biblical. It falls under the verses that say, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NKJV).
How has it come to this? Simple! People love to hear what pleases them, as 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says. But another, probably more major, factor is that ministers, including a lot of pastors, have failed to follow Paul’s command, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2, NKJV).
This idea of God having a “dream” for us started with Robert Schuller, and many others have picked up this heretical term and idea since he started using it, including a number of prominent Christian leaders in Evangelical and Pentecostal circles. It was unbiblical when Schuller used it, and it’s still unbiblical. So please stop it already!
I am thankful that the church where I currently attend has a pastor that preaches the word. Go Pastor!
Thank you very much, and have a Blessed Day in the Lord Jesus Christ!