I often find they help me clarify my present.
Reference: ““I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.” Nahum 3:5 NIV
Explore: I am quite interested in the dreams I have. While I’ve never had a Jospeh moment where my dreams have determined my future, I often find they help me clarify my present.
It is a common dream, had by many people, that they find themselves in a public place with no pants on. I know I have had some dreams like this myself.
For me it’s usually not the whole dream but at some point during the dream I will find myself part naked and therefore feeling very vulnerable. I’ll then usually spend the rest of the dream trying to find additional clothing.
Some dream interpreters have a number of different explanations for this, but the main consensus is that the person may be feeling vulnerable in their own lives. They have something private that they want to keep to themselves and they are worried about it being revealed.
Dreams are not always up for interpretation but it’s one way to look deeper into your thoughts and consider how you’re coping and feeling.
Application: While dreams often foretold what was to come in Biblical times, so did the prophets. And here in Nahum 3 we hear of the destruction that is to come to Nineveh. It’s all death and disaster in this chapter!
And God tells the people He will show the nations their nakedness and shame. This is something they no doubt wish to keep private, but God reveals all in His treatment of this wicked nation.
I wonder if any of the people had dreams they were half naked before their destruction came?
This passage is a great reminder of God’s incredible power but also the grace He offers now. He still has the ability to wipe out nations, and there’s no doubt that throughout history He must have been tempted to wipe out a few ugly human beings here and there. But He doesn’t.
We’ll never understand God’s grace that we receive through Christ, but we rejoice in it.
He knows our deepest, most innermost thoughts and He doesn’t reveal them to our enemies but offers us love and grace.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your grace. Forgive us when we do things that are unworthy and shameful. May we ask for forgiveness and live under Your glory. Amen.
What are your innermost thoughts? What would God say about them?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.