Have you had any dreams lately?
Does God still speak through dreams?
The short answer is: YES!
Many people have had dreams that they know are from God because they were significant or had a different quality about them. I am willing to bet that one in particular is coming to mind right now as you are reading this post. You just KNOW it was important. If you've been in the church as a kid, you know the stories about Nebuchadnezzer and Daniel (see Daniel 2), Pharaoh and Joseph (Genesis 40-41), Jacob and the Angels (Genesis 31). Where there were dreams and visions in the Bible, there were interpretations (through people like Daniel and Joseph or through messengers from God).
The bigger and more pressing question is not whether He speaks through dreams, but whether we should actively seek interpretation for dreams.
'When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.'
As a 12 year old girl (back in 1996), I remember having a desire to write down dreams. I didn't know why, but I knew they were important. I searched all the wrong places for interpretation and thankfully God didn't allow me to get too deep into interpretations back then. I wasn't familiar with the scripture above, but I was doing what it said not to do! I was looking at astrology, the zodiac, secular dream books steeped in witchcraft. None of those explanations felt right to me so I quit looking there and just decided to write them down. If nothing else, it was fun to go back and read some of the crazy things I saw in my dreams. Fast forward to 2008 (12 years), and I feel the need to write down dreams again. I still had my journal from when I was 12 so I started writing again. I slacked off and then in 2011, picked it back up again. After some life events, I felt the need to question what a dream really was. Is it God, is it my subconscious, does it even matter?!
In 2015, I started dreaming every night and someone who had been through a school for prophets began to mentor my niece and I. We were encouraged NOT to Google ANYTHING about our dreams! We learned to ask questions and listen for the answers. Much of the way that I hear God is through dreams so we will unpack the Biblical model of dream interpretation little by little here.
If you'd like more information about Biblical dream interpretation, check out the link below (not an affiliate link; just a trusted resource!)
John Paul Jackson dedicated his life to creating a resource for people to hear God's voice through Biblical dream interpretation. He knew people were hungry for the meanings and they were looking in all the wrong places and getting half-true answers. God wants you to have His truth!
My challenge to you today is to begin writing down your dreams. ESPECIALLY if you don't think they mean anything!