Terrifying Dreams and Simple Obedience

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

Dreams are like art, they can sometimes be God’s Artistic form of communication to us.

Sometimes we don’t understand the importance of simple obedience to the word of God and to the voice of God.

Sometimes dreams are meant to terrify us – dreams and visions can show us the depth and the extreme importance of our simple obedience or our simple decision.

He doesn’t dramatize it because it’s going to necessarily be dramatic, but He dramatizes it because of how significant it is spiritually.

Sometimes dreams can help us to obey God even in the face of scary situations.

When we think “this is okay” and “that is okay”, sometimes dreams and visions come to tell us : NO! It’s not okay and you are going to have blood on your hands if you do not do this instead.”

Sometimes God-given dreams are simply a “dramatization” of your opportunity or necessity for simple obedience.

When you interpret a dream from God, don’t always look for a super-deep application. Your obedience is very important, but it’s probably not too complicated. It’s probably a simple yes or no decision about something you have already asked or complained about.

job 7:14
13 When I say , My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

Job 33:14
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.


Genesis 20

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.

But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?

Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.

You’re a Dead Man

It wasn’t that serious to Abraham. It wasn’t that deep to Abimelech. But to GOD, it was very serious, and He was ready to kill some people over the issue. So instead of doing that God terrified Abimelech with a dream and said “Your a Dead Man.”

Sometimes the things that we don’t think are important are very important to God, and God dramatizes the need for our obedience with dreams.

If God was that serious about defending Abraham’s wife, imagine how serious He is about those that defile the Lamb’s Wife… Selah…

Take Dreams Simply, but Seriously

If God gives you a dream at night… please don’t take it as entertainment, or just a cute thing God does for you to make you feel spiritual.

Yes, enjoy your dreams and the direction God gives you. But look out for warnings and take obedience very seriously. Let them lead you into intercession and prayer for more instructions.