Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
One night I dreamt I was in prison along with several friends. I don’t know why we were imprisoned, but my friends decided to break out.
Terrified of the numerous bulldogs that guarded the place, I wasn’t in agreement with their plan. But my companions were not afraid.
I remember tagging along behind everyone else, peeping around the group to see what was happening. We managed to open a door, which exited onto a yard, and met a sea of bulldogs. But as we walked towards the gate that would take us beyond the prison walls, the bulldogs cleared a path for us! We walked through and were not harmed in any way.
Through this dream the Lord showed me I had grown timid and afraid because of a bad experience. I was skittish about trusting God because I felt things wouldn’t work out.
There was a reason for my past defeat. When I sought God on this matter, I realized I was at fault. I had ignored God, and when things didn’t work out, I became hurt and wounded. God spoke to me through the dream to say if I responded to His guidance with faith and boldness, the “bulldogs” in my life would move aside.
What about you? Has a bad experience made you fearful? Perhaps your marriage failed, and you are hesitant to love again. Maybe you flunked school and want to go back, but doubt you can do well. If so, God wants to deliver you from fear. It is His will for you to live in victory, but in order to do so you must lean on His wisdom. God wants to show you reasons for past failure and show you how to move on.
Don’t be afraid. Have courage! Seek the Lord through daily study of God’s Word and prayer. Then, armed with His wisdom, try again.
Excerpt from Beside Restful Waters by Karin Peavy. Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved.