Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor
How does one hear from God these days? How do you hear from God? Do you suppose the way you hear from God is the same way everyone else hears from him? Is it an audible voice? A pressing on your heart? A stirring in your spirit? Exactly how does it happen? How can you be sure you’ve heard from God and not just convinced yourself you have?
While there are certainly a number of ways that God can and does communicate, there is one way that most people never seem to really think about or give much credence to. It’s a bit surprising when you think about it. I want to encourage you to think about it.
One of the stories you’ve probably heard about from the Old Testament is of how God offered to Solomon the privilege of asking of Him anything he wanted. While he could have gone for wealth, or honor, or a great name, what Solomon asked of God was wisdom. He wanted to be able to discharge all the duties that God asked of him with a Godly mind. God was moved by this, and so He granted to Solomon such wisdom as had never been given to anyone else (and just about everything else he didn’t ask for!)
Consider these two passages:
“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else…” 1 Kings 4:29-31
“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.” 1 Kings 10:23-24
But here’s the question of the hour. What was the nature of the communication between God and Solomon? Did an angel appear to Solomon? Did he hear God’s audible voice? Did he just “sense this in his spirit?” Stay with me, the answer might shock you…ready? God appeared to him in a dream. That’s right…this whole thing… Solomon dreamed it. Check out the following two verses:
“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.’” 1 Kings 3:5
“Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.” 1 Kings 3:15
What’s captured between these two passages? The entire encounter between Solomon and God was in the context of a dream. There is no question and no debate about this. God spoke to Solomon through a dream.
Why does this matter? Simply because, if you listen, you will hear of more and more people these days having dreams of God. And, don’t miss this, it’s most often dreams of Jesus. This is happening among Christians, and surprisingly, it is happening among Muslims. Yes, you read that correctly, Muslims are telling of accounts they are having with Jesus… through their dreams! And because of these dreams, they are opening themselves up and they are coming to faith in Jesus in unprecedented numbers.
At this point I want to be crystal clear. Never in a dream will God contradict His written Word, the Bible. This can’t happen. The Spirit of God will never contradict the Word of God. Never. But he still communicates!
So, what have you been dreaming about lately? I would encourage you to give this some attention and take note. God might very well be trying to tell you something!