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I had somehow managed to leave God out of the dream. Now it wasn’t that the idea my friend and I had was ungodly, to say the least. In fact, the glory we could bring the Lord as we lived this dream of ours would likely far surpass anything I had done in ministry thus far. But that wasn’t the point. God didn’t set me, nor my friend, nor any of us to speak of, on this earth to live happily ever after pursuing our own dreams. He created us to love Him, and serve Him, and worship and adore Him, revere Him and honor Him and ever grow in His image by repenting of our sins, believing in Christ as Lord, and committing our lives to following Him as we pursue intimate, reverent relationship with Him and live HIS will for our lives. Oops.
Even though it was entirely possible that the dream my friend and I shared with one another was in fact the Lord’s will for our future, it was also entirely possible that it was not. And there was nothing more important that the two of us would both do than that we lay aside pursuing our dream and pursue the Lord instead. Simply put, we needed to PRAY, and LISTEN, and OBEY. We needed to be certain that we did not cleave to this dream of ours. For God did not create us to cleave to our dreams. He created us to cleave to Him, and to yield our lives to Him such that we would ultimately live His will, and His dreams, for His glory. Who knew where God would in fact lead us in three years? God knew. He always knows. And He always knows best.
The culture in which we live teaches us to pursue our dreams, doesn’t it? And as the world falls into utter chaos and disrepair as humanity as a whole moves further and further away from the Lord, we would do best not to go chasing after our little human dreams – but to confess our sins to the Lord, profess our faith in Christ, and go chasing after the Lord and His ways and dreams this very day, yes, now, and for ever. To God be every single ounce of glory, AMEN!
Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. (underlining added)