The Teleological Argument
Pastor Miles McPherson opened Sunday's Message explaining the teleological argument over the existence of God. The argument provokes the question, is there an intelligent designer?
The word teleological is derived from the Greek word "telos" which means end, or purpose. Therefore, implying that the universe is created the way it is by an intelligent being in order to accomplish a purpose, than it is to suppose that it is this way by chance. As Christians we know an Intelligent Designer created us. And by that intelligent design we are given the ability to dream.
A dream can be defined in an assortment of ways. Dreams are the images that pass through our minds as we sleep, they are the involuntary images we experience when we are awake, as well as the aspirations, and goals we have for our futures. We have dreams because God created us with the ability to dream, and too often we forsake thanking Him for such capabilities.
Joseph, a Dreamer Boy
In Genesis 37 we meet a young boy with big dreams. Joseph was only seventeen years old when he had a prophetic, God given dream in which he saw the prominence that he would eventually have in his family. However, because his father, Israel (also known as Jacob), already favored Joseph his brothers were envious of him, and became even more enraged when Joseph reported to his brothers what he had dreamed.
Genesis 37:5-7 states, Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
Joseph didn't share his dream with his brothers to make them envious of him, but rather in his youth and excitement was thrilled to share what he had dreamt, with them.
A God Given Dream?
Not every dream is necessarily from God. We may dream about riches and success. However, God's dreams for us implement God's plan and build God's Kingdom. Our success therefore is based upon our response to trials. And yes, no dream is without its obstacles. A dream is a guarantee of opposition, pain, and discouragement.
Joseph faced much opposition as his brothers rejected him. They hated him because he was a dreamer, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels. The person whose dream comes true is the person who trusts God through all obstacles. Dreams come through hard times and hard works.
How do you know if your dream is from God? Is it all about you? Or is it about God, and reaching the unsaved? Test what you think to be your dream; does it fall in line with the Biblical mandate to help others come to know Christ as their own personal Savior?
Ask it, Write it
Real Dreams are big and bold. They should also be specific and clear. And they are all about God. Dreams don't come to people who are vague about why they exist.
We must also keep our guards up because the Devil can distort our dreams. Some of us may be living out the dreams God has given us, while others are waiting to see what their dreams could be. It is vital that we ask God daily, "What do You want me to do to fulfill Your dream for me?" Keep paper and a pen handy and write down what the Lord is speaking to your heart.
In Habakkuk 2:1-4, God instructs Habakkuk to write down on a tablet the vision that God gives to him. I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.
God's dreams are bigger than you. You may be afraid. That is why God's dream for you requires you to trust Him.
Remember Moses? Exodus 3 gives an account of the story of Moses, as God appears to him in a flame of a fire from the midst of a bush. When God asks Moses to go to Pharaoh that he may bring the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses' immediate response is rooted in fear.
Exodus 3:11 states, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Moses could have never conjured up such a dream for himself. And God reminded Moses that He would certainly be with Him. Once again we are reminded that the dreams God plants within our hearts are about Him, and not ourselves. And though we may be afraid, when we trust God, He will supply every need.
Joseph our example, Jesus our Way
Through Joseph we see God plant dreams within the heart of His child, and we see the obstacles that come with the dreams He gives us, as well as the need to trust God every step of the way.
It is most important to keep in mind that our dreams should be centered in the fact that Christ's death on the cross was about us knowing Him and making Him known, and that is what our dreams are made of.