Warren Stanton

“I Have a Dream”

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (I Kings 3:5)

As I pondered on this verse, I know for a fact that one source of divine communication is through dreams. I have awakened during sleep to realize that God gave me direction in my sleep. I believe that God-given dreams come in part from our soul.

My Mother would tell me that all her dreams would come true. My reply could be that I am glad that all of my dreams didn’t come true. However, I have been blessed with many Godly dreams that I believe came from my impulse to do my best for Him.

This past Monday, we had a national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. His most renown speech, as a civil rights leader who fought for equal rights and the end of segregation, contained the phrase: “I have a dream” that all people, everywhere will be free. Dr. King looked to the future for a time when there would be no persecution, suffering and injustice of his fellow human beings. If he had lived to see conditions in the United States today, he would not have a complete satisfaction of his dream being fulfilled, but I believe that he would rejoice in a greater display of compassion among it’s people, and would consider it being somewhat fulfilled.

We, as Christians, need to let God influence dreams of noble causes. Our dreams may not accomplish history changing deeds, as did Dr. Kings’, but we extend God’s love and peace to all those around us. It is important that one of our goals be to dream and make powerful events come true for Him.

God gave each one of us a brain. If we request it, He will activate it to accomplish great things. These are some things God wants particular individuals to accomplish for Him. If we dream something “hard enough” we can attain it; even when other men have failed.

Solomon had dreams. I have dreams. Most people have dreams. My advice as a pastor, if you dream without the Lord, you had better dream again.

May Dr. King’s dream live on. May we have a passion for justice as he did.