follow your God. your dreams will follow suit.

by kendraannie

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I hear the phrase “Follow your dreams” tossed around a lot. It sounds so idyllic. As though it is a piece of cake to just do whatever I feel like I want to do.

Now if we are discussing literal dreams The Lord gives people or passions The Lord has birthed in hearts and it is hands down, no questions asked from God, then by golly you better fervently chase that dream. If you follow that dream, you aren’t actually following your dreams but you’re following your God.

But here is the thing about following your OWN dreams or desires, they may not be from God.

If I followed my own dreams I would probably be trying to make my own fame great. I would be trying desperately to please people and get them to like what I’m doing. I would want credit from the world for whatever I was doing. I would be comfortable. I would be rich.

I would not be denying myself and my wants daily.

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. -Luke 9:23

Contrary to this phrase, I see in scripture The Lord making His people uncomfortable. He has them follow HIS dreams and plans.

If Jonah had followed his dreams, he would have escaped on a ship and Ninevah would have never heard the word of The Lord.
If Moses followed his dreams, he would not have gone back to tell Pharaoh to free his people.
If Hannah had followed her dreams, she would have had a baby when she wanted and not in the Lord’s timing.
If Paul had followed his dreams, most of the New Testament wouldn’t have been written.

God shakes things up. He takes us out of our comfort zone and reveals his sweet and perfect dreams for us and we aren’t always able to comprehend the purposes behind them.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. -Proverbs 19:21

My prayer today is that we be people of God that open up our hands to our dreams and surrender them to God.

I pray that rather than trying to make a name for ourselves, our hearts desire to make a name for our God.

And if God calls us to something, even if it is uncomfortable, that we run fearlessly into it knowing that our God is for us.

*{Some people might think of the verse referring to God giving us the desires of our heart as a reason to follow our own dreams. I would encourage you to really study that verse in depth and not take it at face value without context. Or we can talk about it!}.