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Jacob “dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”
We all need sleep, and whether or not we remember them, we all have dreams. Dreams can be odd or scary, but they can also be healing. Their meaning may be obvious or may need interpretation. It can’t be assumed that messages contained in them come from God, but God’s will for good can sometimes be discerned from them. The Bible has many stories of people responding to dreams and visions, and of appropriate interpretation.
Think of Joseph (of technicolour dreamcoat fame), or Joseph, husband of Jesus’ mother Mary. The wise men dreamed that they should avoid Herod and go home by another way. Peter and Paul in the days of the early church received significant guidance from visions when praying and during the night.
It’s not a good idea to rely solely on dreams for decision-making, and any “instruction” which most would interpret as wrong is likely to be wrong, and therefore not from God. But it would be dismissing a God-given gift to reject the understanding of life which can come from being aware of dreams.
Rev Liz Gibson