Some dreams are caused by an excess of cheese late at night and some are given by God.  Some dreams are given simply to bless us and some dreams are God telling us what He is doing in order to spur us into action. 

So when Joseph hears and interprets Pharaoh’s dreams in Genesis 41 he doesn’t stop talking after the, “here’s-what-they-mean” stuff, he launches straight into a, “and-here’s-what-you-should-do-about-it” speech instead.  Joseph doesn’t simply interpret the dreams, he thinks about what they mean and he outlines what to do. 

Joseph cannot affect the future events that God has revealed – he cannot bring about years of plenty or years of famine – but he can respond to what God has made known.  His plan saves an entire nation and unwittingly also saves his own family and ensures that the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are fulfilled.  As well as his own dreams.

When God speaks to us, to show us his plans and purposes, there is a sense in which we can do nothing about it – God is sovereign – and there is a sense in which we must get on board and do some stuff.  We are after all, “God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.

So – what dreams (or hopes) has God given you and what action are you taking in the light of them?