Dreams could be one of the important ways through which God may communicate with His people. Just like Daniel, Joseph and many others who received divine instructions from God through dreams, God speaks through dreams. (Job 33:14-15)
Dreams are a divine way that God instituted to talk to men, either giving them positive signs as with Joseph (Matthew 2:13) or negative warnings as in the case of Abimelech (Genesis 20:3). There is however an onus on us to test these dreams and seek true guidance by comparing them with the consistency of God’s character and His word, as many have been led astray by dreams that were not of God:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
Dreams are generally good and are a good way that God uses to speak to His children who seek guidance and direction.
God still uses dreams to talk to people today, so do not despise dreams but be careful to compare them with the word of God for proper guidance in all things.
Bible Verses About Dreams
Genesis 20:3 – But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man’s wife.”
Genesis 37:8 – His brothers asked him, “Will you indeed reign over us? Will you indeed have dominion over us?” They hated him all the more for his band for his words.
Genesis 37:20 – Come now therefore, and let’s kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, ‘An evil animal has devoured him.’ We will see what will become of his dreams.”
Genesis 41:8 – In the morning, his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all of Egypt’s magicians and wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
Genesis 41:12 – There was with us there a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard, and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams. He interpreted to each man according to his dream.
Genesis 42:9 – Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land.”
Deuteronomy 13:1 – If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,
Deuteronomy 13:3 – you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams; for Yahweh your God is testing you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 13:5 – That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Yahweh your God commanded you to walk in. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
1 Samuel 28:6 – When Saul inquired of Yahweh, Yahweh didn’t answer him by dreams, by Urim, or by prophets.
1 Samuel 28:15 – Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me, to bring me up?” Saul answered, “I am very distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me, and answers me no more, by prophets, or by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I shall do.”
Job 7:14 – then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions:
Ecclesiastes 5:7 – For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, as well as in many words; but you must fear God.
Isaiah 29:8 – It will be like when a hungry man dreams, and behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his hunger isn’t satisfied; or like when a thirsty man dreams, and behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and behold, he is faint, and he is still thirsty. The multitude of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion will be like that.
Jeremiah 23:27 – They intend to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they each tell his neighbor, as their fathers forgot my name because of Baal.
Jeremiah 23:32 – Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams,” says Yahweh, “who tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting; yet I didn’t send them or command them. They don’t profit this people at all,” says Yahweh.
Jeremiah 27:9 – But as for you, don’t listen to your prophets, to your diviners, to your dreams, to your soothsayers, or to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, “You shall not serve the king of Babylon;”
Jeremiah 29:8 – For Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel says: “Don’t let your prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you. Don’t listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
Daniel 1:17 – Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Daniel 2:1 – In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams; and his spirit was troubled, and his sleep went from him.
Daniel 2:2 – Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be called to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.
Daniel 5:12 – because an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting of dreams, showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”
Joel 2:28 – “It will happen afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions.
Zechariah 10:2 – For the teraphim have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie; and they have told false dreams. They comfort in vain. Therefore they go their way like sheep. They are oppressed, because there is no shepherd.
Matthew 2:13 – Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”
Acts 2:17 – ‘It will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams.