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Devotional

“It's amazing to discover God has dreams for us, but it's hard when we realize that our dreams and God's dreams aren't always the same.  And it's a tragedy when we go our own way rather than Gods.”  (Your Own Jesus)

Mary had a dream one day.  She dreamed of marrying Joseph and having a family.  She dreamed they would have a son and Joseph would start a family business – Joseph and Son Carpentry.  What if Mary had lived out her dream instead of letting God live out His dream for her?

And David.  David was a shepherd boy.  He probably dreamed about owning a thousand sheep and having an operation that was bigger than the guy next door.  He could advertise it on the internet, have his own website.  He was going to be the best shepherd ever.  What if David had just pursued his own dream and didn't follow God?  

Friend, that's what we do.  We all have our dreams.  But our dreams are based on our understanding of our strengths and weaknesses.  And then God steps in to our little worlds, with our little dreams based on our little talents and skills and he says, “That's a great dream but mine is so much bigger.”

When I was in Bible college, I thought in order for God to use me I had to be awesome, and that if I was good enough then I would make it on to God's team.  I was weak, I was a dork.  So I thought it wasn't for me.  I would not be the one God used, but I would probably be the friend of the one God used, or go the same school as the one God used, or work at the same place as the one God used.  You get the point.  

When I started my own relationship with God, when I started reading my Bible and digging in deeper, I learned that God used the little guys to accomplish big things.  It wasn't my strength God needed.  God needed my surrender.  Our strengths and talents can only take people so far.  At some point, the power of God has to take over and take us so much further, if we can just take “us” out of it.  

To follow God's dream for your life, you have to understand that he is bigger than your weaknesses and your strengths.  If you rely on your own strengths, your own power, that can get in the way of what God is trying to do, so you have to be able to let your strengths go, as well.  When we give it all to God, our strengths and weaknesses, we don't bring anything to it, right?  So we can't brag about it.  We give him our weaknesses, and he works around them.  We give him our strengths for him to use his way.  

Our dreams are based on what we can do.  God's dreams are based on what he can do through us.

About the Song

“The kids in our youth group sang back-up vocals on this song. I wanted a bunch of high schoolers to come in and sing this song to give life to the truth, that before you plan your future, you should make sure you’re not following your dream instead of God’s dream. God’s dream is a lot bigger than yours, and God doesn’t need you to pull off His dream for you. He can do it if you’ll just follow Him. I’ve had that conversation so many times with so many seniors sitting in my office. Just let God be creative and let Him do what He’s doing. If your goal is to really follow God, He’s not going to steer you off the cliff.”

Scripture

  • 1 Samuel 16, 17
  • Luke 1:28-56, 2
 

Lyrics

(Mark Hall, Matthew West)

Hey, David, I hear you’ve been dreaming
About being a big time shepherd some day
You’re gonna prove your brothers wrong
You’re gonna sing your shepherd song
To the cattle on a thousand hills
But I’ve been thinking

I’m having trouble with a giant down the road
You’re the one who’s going to face him toe to toe
Wipe that grin right off his face
And whip this army into shape
I’m gonna turn the nation back to Me
And David, you were right about one thing
Your little shepherd songs are going to make the whole world sing
And I’m gonna make you king

So come on, let Me dream, let Me dream for you
I am strong when you’re weak and I’ll carry you
So let go of your plan, be caught by My hand
I’ll show you what I can do
When I dream for you
I have a dream for you

Hey Mary, I’ve heard you’ve been dreaming
Making plans for your big wedding day
You and Joseph are gonna be
The picture perfect family
Maybe a couple kids down the road
But I’ve been thinking

Even before time began
I had a picture perfect plan
Of how to save this broken world
Through the life of just one man
I’m gonna send my only Son
And Mary, you’re the one
You were right about one thing
You’re gonna have that family
And you’re gonna raise a King

I’m stronger than you think I am
I’ll take you farther than you think you can
You sing and call me Great I Am
So take your stand
My child, if you only knew
All the plans that I have for you
Just trust Me, I will follow through
You can follow Me

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