Genesis 37:19-20 “They said to one another, ‘Here comes this dreamer. Come now let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”
Beware of the dream killers in your life. The enemy of your soul wants to steal, kill and destroy the dream God has put into your heart. It may even appear like he has succeeded at different points along the journey but the entrustment you have received from God must be protected whatever attack comes against it.
Joseph was a dreamer. He was young, bold and had big dreams for his future. His family didn’t understand or believe his dreams and ridiculed him for it. Truth is, some of the greatest opposition to the dream in your heart will come from those who are closest to you. It happened to Jesus, it will happen to you. Jesus hometown of Nazareth couldn’t believe the words of authority and miracles that He ministered with and they despised him for it.
Jealousy is a dream killer – Jealousy of others can cripple your dream. You have to guard your heart against it by avoiding comparison between yourself and others. Just get on with pursuing your dream and stop looking over the fence at how others are doing. Beware of people who are jealous of you enough to want to hurt you. Josephs brothers were so jealous that it drove them to thinking about murder. Extreme I know but jealousy can have this effect on people.
Pride is a dream killer – Joseph was bold and brash. He was obviously excited about the dream God had given to him but he shared it in a tone that revealed he thought he was better than others. Your dream doesn’t give you license to elevate yourself above others. Let God do the elevating and just get on with pursuing your dream. 1 Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves all of you with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Personal attacks are a dream killer – Josephs brothers stripped him of his robe of many colours that his father had given to him. This robe represented Josephs identity and a point of identification with his father. This was a blatant attack against not only Joseph but his fathers favor on him. Satan loves to attack your identity in Christ and undermine what God has declared over your life. See the attack for what it is and remind yourself of who you are in Christ and who you belong to, no matter what the enemy tries to strip you of.
Josephs story inspires us to hold onto the dream no matter what comes against it. There are dream killers out there. Beware of them and guard your heart against the enemies attacks on your dream.