God hates visionary dreaming.

16 Oct

Seeing the Unseen_std_t_ntOur current culture promotes and celebrates dreaming big.  Our children and adolescents are taught to dream big, and never give up on those dreams.  Even in the Christian world, we spiritualize this concept by calling them to “Dream Big Dreams For God.”

I am not sure where we are taught this in scripture.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together says… “God hates visionary dreaming.”  As a person who is always dreaming, reflecting, and exploring what lies ahead for my own life, and the future of the church, this article by Walter Bright caught my attention.    Here are a few highlights of his article.

1.  A true visionary is a man who actually gets his vision from God.

It is often difficult for even the person with the vision to discern whether God is truly the source.  This fact is due to the deceptiveness of the heart (1 Corinthians 4:3).  However, when biblical community is healthy, the community should be able to discern together what is conceived by God, and what is contrived by man.

2.   I think visionaries are gifts from God with the ability to not only to see a better future but also to articulate that vision to others, inspiring them to see and carry out that vision.

Nehemiah was both given a vision to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and possessed the ability to communicate it.  However, sometimes visionaries are not able to communicate how to bring a vision to life, but will need others to breath into the process.  A shared vision is powerful for a community, and it is the community that gives it a clearer shape.

 God’s voice does still speak to those whose hearts are focused on Him.  Unfortunately, many times our churches are focused on the concept of vision (and our need for it as leaders), rather than the God from whom it flows.

  • What dreams are you dreaming?
  • What community support have you seen for these dreams?
  • What dream(s) should you release?


Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  During his daydreams, he is a mutant superhero as a member of the Uncanny X-men (which are clearly not God-given).





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