Christian dream interpretation
You had a really strange dream and are now trying to figure out what it means. Maybe you watched a scary movie before going to bed and elements of the movie appeared in your dream. Maybe you’ve been worrying about something and your concerns are manifesting themselves into your dreams. But maybe, just maybe, it’s God talking to you and He has an important message he wants to share with you.
We see in the Bible that God can use the time we’re asleep to talk to us through our dreams.
God warned Abimelech in a dream that Sarah was actually Abraham’s wife. (Genesis 20)
Jacob was visited by God in a dream in which God told him he would inherit a huge amount of land. (Genesis 28)
Joseph had a dream in which he was binding up stalks of corn with his brothers. Suddenly his corn stalk stood straight up while the stalks belonging to his brother’s bowed down before his. When he woke up he foolishly told his brothers about the dream. They, of course, weren’t too pleased and eventually beat him up and then sold him into slavery which, coincidentally, began the fulfillment of that dream. (Genesis 37)
All throughout the Bible, from the book of Genesis through the New Testament, we find God talking to people through their dreams. But does He continue to do so today? If you have a weird dream does that automatically mean it’s from God? Not necessarily, and we need to be cautious about assuming every whimsical image flashing through our mind at night is from God. But none the less God does occasionally speak to people through their dreams today.
So if you think you’ve had a dream that was from God, how do you figure out what it means? I want to offer a word of warning about websites that claim to be “dictionaries” for Christian dream interpretation. We are all individuals and God speaks to us individually. Many of these Christian dream interpretation websites fail to take our individuality into consideration and instead will offer only one or two generic interpretations for a dream. These websites typically ask you to look up a word based on some element that was present in your dream and then offer you a “definition”. By doing so they place God in a box as though He’s limited on what He can possibly say. I don’t subscribe to this at all because if God has a message specifically for you, it only makes sense that the dream will have a unique interpretation.
However, It is my belief that the best way to interpret a dream is through scripture. By taking the elements of the dream and looking for similarities in scripture we can often figure out what the meaning of the dream may be. For example, have you ever had a dream in which you can’t find your shoes? Many people have had this dream. Ephesians 6:14-15 says, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
If you’re dreaming about not being able to find your shoes, one conclusion, based on the scripture above, could be that it means you’re not ready. But what type of readiness comes from the gospel of peace? Well, if we back up and look at the scripture in context we see that Paul was telling the Ephesians that they need the full armor of God so that they can take their stand against the Devil’s schemes.
By dreaming about not being able to find your shoes, the Lord may be telling you that you’re not ready to stand against the Devil’s schemes because you’re not spending quality time in the gospel of peace, which is God’s word, the Bible.
If you do have a strange dream and are curious about Christian dream interpretation, the best thing you can do is pray. Dreams are only one of the ways in which God speaks to us. He can also speak to us using many different methods. So if you’ve had a dream you think may be from God and you don’t fully understand its meaning, ask God to tell you what it means. Remember also that God will never contradict Himself. So if you had a dream and you think it may be God telling you to do something that goes against what the Bible says, then it wasn’t God talking to you.
Christian dream interpretation can be difficult and it may help to take the time to write the dream down. Afterwards, pray about its meaning and then spend time becoming familiar with the word of God so that you’ll have the tools you need to interpret your dreams.
(Photo credit: flickr Creative Commons, Dream Interrupted by Robert Couse-Baker)