Image via Wikipedia
I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God's voice is heard in many ways. We must carefully watch and listen for what God is telling us.
Sometimes we draw conclusions from within, based on our own desires or what others tell us. Always ask yourself first, "Is this God speaking to me?" And if it is God, then be sure that you are interpreting God's will and not your own.
There are numerous accounts in the Bible of people who were given dream messages. Joseph's gift of dream interpretation incurred that wrath of his jealous brothers, but later endeared him to the ruler of Egypt. The ability to understand God's dream messages placed Joseph in a position to help the family that had scorned him.
Daniel likewise was able to tell King Nebuchadnezzar the meanings of this ruler's troubling dreams. His God-given ability to decipher dream symbolism put Daniel in a place of importance in a kingdom where his people were enslaved.
Not all dreams may be messages from God, but many may. Through prayer and familiarity with God's word we can have a better understanding of what God might be telling us in dreams. We can have a greater control over ourselves whether awake or sleeping if we practice what is instructed in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.These are words to live--or to sleep by.