On the interpretation of dreams
'Your old men will dream dreams...' says the Scripture (Acts 2:17)
Hmm. I was talking to a guy recently who belonged to some kind of charismatic house group. He was asking me about a part of the world I'd never heard of. A few years ago, it seems, he'd had a dream about that part of the world and thinks God was telling him that they ought to support missionaries there.
Funny that. Just the night before I'd had a very vivid dream. I couldn't get the TV to turn off. I was using the right remote control, it was set up right. The batteries were fine and I moved nearer and changed the angle - but whatever I did, the TV stayed on.
It's pretty obvious what God was saying to me: I'm far too quick to turn the telly off. I need to watch it more - probably a lot more. I'm a preacher and need to understand society - so don't be turning it off: watch it in abundance.
Mind you - Elaine thinks God's telling me that I just can't turn the TV off. That I'm addicted. That I need to do something about it - I watch so much of it that it's as if the remote control doesn't work. My dream's a warning.
Oh dear. If only God had given us some infallible way of knowing his will. You know - a book, or something, with everything we need for life and godliness.