Read Genesis 40
Focus on verse 8
Most of the dreams that I have had would seem to be a hodgepodge of thoughts and experiences rattling around in my head while I sleep. Every once in a while I have a dream that I actually remember… occasionally these cause me to wonder if there may be more to them than just random thoughts.
In today’s reading we find Joseph in an Egyptian prison because of the false accusations of Potiphar’s wife. Some fellow prisoners are troubled by the dreams they have been having and mention the matter to Joseph.
They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.” (v. 8)
There are numerous instances of God speaking to men in their dreams in the scriptures. In occurrences such as the one in this chapter, the dream is disturbing but requires interpretation because it is not clear what the dream means. In some situations the person who has the dream is also given the interpretation…either way Joseph’s question “Do not interpretations belong to God? “ is a rhetorical one. Of course interpretations of dreams belong to God for God is where all dreams come from. (even the meaningless ones) What is critical in determining the difference between the meaningful and meaningless dreams and understanding how to interpret them is knowing God, knowing His word, and understanding that God will never contradict what He has given us in His word when He seeks to communicate with us outside of it.