God Speaks through Dreams, and He Wants to Speak to You

Find solutions you need during the day by just falling asleep at night.

Find solutions you need during the day by just falling asleep at night.

Everyone dreams every night, and your dreams can be an amazing source of encouragement and direction. Maybe you don’t remember them when you wake up, but if you pay attention, dreams can unlock the solutions you need while you sleep.

The excerpt below is from chapter eight of What Your Dreams Are Telling You: Unlocking Solutions While You Sleep by Cindy McGill and me, published by Chosen Books. The book is a positive, encouraging, insightful look at the language God uses to speak to us while we rest.

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Nebuchadnezzar the Great lived from 634–562 BC and ruled over one of the most powerful periods in Babylonian history. He is known for building the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. He also conquered Syria and Egypt (a rare and amazing feat) and destroyed the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, sending many Jews into exile. The Bible contains two detailed accounts of this ancient leader’s dreams. These historical events are a remarkable case study of a leader who received clear direction and warning dreams from God and what happened as a result. The accounts give evidence that God sends dreams to guide and warn world leaders, regardless of their religious loyalties.

King Nebuchadnezzar had only been on the throne for a couple of years when he was given a dream so astounding in its scope that it covered the rise and fall of world powers from the time of his rule until the rule of a Kingdom at the end of time. It is no wonder that trying to figure out its meaning worried him and kept him awake at night! He called together all the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and wise men in the kingdom to help him sort out the dream. The king must have thought that interpreting the dream would be too easy for these guys—they could make up anything once they heard it. But he was looking for accuracy, so he demanded that the dream interpreters tell him not only the interpretation, but also the actual dream itself. If they could not, he threatened that he would give the order to cut them to pieces and burn down their houses. Terrified by the king’s unusual demand, his interpreters replied,

There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. —Daniel 2:10–11

Infuriated by their reply, the king ordered the captain of the guard to proceed with their executions. When the captain tracked down Daniel (one of the wise men) to kill him, Daniel asked, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” (verse 15). The captain filled him in and then allowed him to approach the king to ask for more time. The king granted his request, so Daniel and his companions began to seek God for the answers required to save their lives. God answered their prayers and revealed the secret to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel then went to tell the king both the dream itself and also its interpretation (see Daniel 2:31–45).

If we look closely at this dream and the circumstances surrounding it, we can see that some urgent matters were unfolding. The king was disturbed by this dream because of its intensity and his nagging remembrance of the details. He knew it contained an important message, but he could not make sense of it. All of this kept him up at night, which made him unbearably cranky from lack of sleep. He did not even think twice about killing his wise men. But there was one man in the kingdom who could make sense of the dream—Daniel, because he was a man in direct relationship with the Dream Giver Himself.

With the help of God, the Giver of dreams, Daniel was able to come before the king and put his mind at ease. Nebuchadnezzar immediately knew that Daniel’s interpretation was accurate—it resonated within him. (People know when their dreams are being accurately interpreted because the meaning resonates within them and brings peace.) The king responded by falling prostrate before Daniel, honoring him and saying, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret” (Daniel 2:47). Then the king rewarded Daniel, gave him many great gifts, and promoted him to rule over the whole province of Babylon and be the chief administrator over all the country’s wise men.

Interestingly, many historians conclude that Nebuchadnezzar’s dream foretold the rise and fall of the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. God revealed the future to a world ruler. Why does He do that kind of thing through dreams? He obviously wants to communicate with us about our lives and our futures!

Action: Tonight before you go to sleep, ask God to speak to you as you sleep. Then instead of jumping out of bed as soon as you wake up in the morning, lay in bed a few minutes longer and reflect on your night’s sleep. The book What Your Dreams Are Telling You is a wonderful resource to help you understand the mystery of dreams.

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