“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, ‘Listen to this dream I had:’ ”

– Genesis 37:5-6

Today, as we continue talking about dreams and dreamers in the Bible, we can’t leave out Joseph! Joseph was the first son of the Patriarch Jacob and Rachel. He had eleven other half brothers, yet he was the favored son. This was evidenced by an ornate coat given to him by his father — a symbol of favor and blessing.

In addition to the coat of blessing, Joseph has many qualities to be envied. The Bible tells us he was a handsome guy, but he was also really friendly and loving. But what finally pushes this family over the edge is when God gives Joseph a dream. He shared the dream: “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.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. I don’t think Joseph had any idea that his brothers hated him. I think there are some people who are so good, they just have no idea when people hate them.

Friend, when God gives you a dream, we think circumstances are going to get better, but very often it actually gets worse right away. It may seem like you’ve made the wrong decision, came under a curse, or maybe God is angry at you. I want to encourage you to continue listening to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord what to do and He will guide you.


Father, thank you for giving me favor, blessing and dreams. Help me to continue to listen to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.


Has God spoken to you in a dream? How has the Lord given you guidance for your dream?

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