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Visions from God: What Does the Bible Say About Dreams?

What does the Bible Say about Dreams?
What according to the Bible are the causes of dreams and nightmares? What does the Bible say about dreams? Does it endorse the concept of interpreting dreams? Let us find out.
Manali Oak
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you." ~ Marsha Norman
Your dreams are believed to be associated with the mental process of working on your worries and fears. Your fight with difficulties, your efforts to get rid of stress, or your struggle in solving life's problems sometimes manifests itself in the form of dreams that you have when asleep. There are instances where you find a solution to a problem through a dream, or when sleeping over a thought gives you the answer you had been searching for since long. While dreams and their interpretations is a subject largely based on psychology, it has been referred to in religions too. Here we look at what the Bible says about dreams.
Bad dream
Dreams are reflections of the stress in your life. Some believe that Satan could be sending you messages in the form of dreams. But there is little evidence in the Bible scriptures that the Satan could be doing so. The Bible tells you to trust in God, submit yourself to Him and rest assured that He will solve all the problems in your life. You should pray to God before going to sleep and request him to take away your worries. The Bible proclaims that belief in God and seeking strength from Him, is a way to overcome your difficulties.
Good dream
It was believed that God talks to people through dreams. During the ancient times, people believed that God communicated to men of God, and prophets through dreams. The Bible has a verse that talks about God warning people through dreams. The Bible states that God may encourage you through dreams. It is believed that it is your subconscious self that speaks to you through your dreams. Dreams can be the means by which your mind tells you that you need a change in life.
A verse in the Bible that says, "For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words" discusses the causes of dreams. According to the Bible, multitude of physical or mental business causes dreams. The Bible believes in the idea that while you are physically asleep, your mind is at work. Many a time, you wake up with a certain state of mind that appears to have developed as a result of your dreams. At times you wake up sad, at times scared while at other times, you wake up with a feeling of unexplained happiness. Soon you realize that all of it was a part of your dream.
The Bible talks about this phenomenon in Isaiah 29:8 that says, "It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite".
The Bible makes it clear that there is a difference between messages from God and those from the Satan or demons. Only those with a "band of truth" are fortunate to interpret the messages they receive through dreams. It is also not correct to interpret every dream as a message from God. The sources of dreams or premonitions that you experience are not always clear. The reasons behind them cannot be easily understood. It is best to seek God's help. Almighty is the true healer.