On Dreams, Desires, Justice and Fellowship

2020-02-06At the root of all injustice lies a dream.

The dream presents a standard, and makes judgment possible. The dreamer judges himself by the standard of the dream, and then judges others by the same standard.

The dream is never inspired by what is, but what can be. The dream lies in the realm of the miraculous, which provides the power of its magic and enchantment. In the dream voices are allowed from another realm, which is why its inspiration seems divine.

The dream creates a new reality: The tension between what is and what can be. This tension is unbearable for the human soul, and it can only be conquered by one thing: Desire. Desire is the sweet voice that ensures the tension can be resolved. The distance between the dreamer and the fulfillment of the dream is eradicated by desire, for desire is the faith that promises to make the unreachable reachable.

When this judgment occurs, the dreamer leaves the path that he is on and ascends on the stairway of imagination offered by desire. The journey disengages the dreamer from his reality and allows him to escape into the nebulous world of the gods. Driven and energised by his desire, the dreamer takes the light at the end of the stairway as the standard for judging himself and others. He does not see that he has become inferior in his own estimation, and that the illusion of his future greatness is but a tranqualizer by which to suppress the horror of his nothingness in this world. He does not see that the world of goodness has been transformed into a prison of injustice by the power of his desire. Equality has been transferred to the top of the stairway, and justice becomes a crusade instead of a gift of the present.

There is only one antidote for the dark magic of desire’s fever and its hallucinations of injustice. It is to discard the dream and see God. God is not a dream, and he is not to be found in dreams. It is this one thing that separates him from the world of the false gods as expressed in images that aim to concretize the dreams of those on the stairway of desire.

God is in the present. His invisible attributes and divine power can be seen in the things he has made. God has made himself so visible that it is impossible to not see him. His life in all its goodness is around us all of the time. There is only one way to be blinded to God, and that is to turn him into a destiny, a dream, an accomplishment of the self’s ingeniousness. Idols are always imagined.

The serpent understood this, and that is how he beguiled Eve. Divinity was presented as a destiny. The present became the future. The contentment of all that she had was replaced by the desire of the one thing that was out of reach. The justice of creation’s fullness was replaced by the injustice of a single prohibition. Gratitude became offense. Fellowship became a dream. Unity became rivalry.

This is the curse of every human who does not see God. It is also the curse of those who claim to know God but have allowed the dream in their midst. This is true even of the church of Christ. When fellowship becomes a dream, it is destroyed. The enchantment of the dream is a bewitchment and a destruction of the real. The only church that will ever taste the fellowship and unity that exists in God alone is the one constituted by those who have died to the dream.

This death must first take place in the life of the individual before it can manifest in the life of the fellowship. Indeed, this is what it means to lose one’s life – to stop feeding on the image of an accomplished future self; to anticipate no future greatness in this world; to demand and expect no peace and comfort as this present age defines it. It is this collective death to aspiration that will bring the gathering of believers face to face with the glory that has already been bestowed on them as the church of God.

Unity that is constituted by a common dream and common vision, and expressed in a name that captures the essence of the commonality, falls apart when the anticipated penetration of the divine destiny fails to materialize. Its adherents will then be scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Such a church will be revealed as a daughter of Babel, not the Bride of Christ.

The true bride rejoices in the presence of the groom. She loves him in the here and now, and she does so with all of her being. She is immune to the voices of other lovers and the lust of desire for their images. She is content with his provisions. She rejoices in his love. She sees him as just, and shares in his justice. She becomes just as he is just. She loves as she is loved.  And so she remains with him forever.

Oh God, when every dream fails; when all anticipation is revealed to be but the dust of death; it is then when we return to you. Forgive us our idolatries and the imaginations they have inspired. You are the treasure in the field. You are the pearl of great price. Who do we have in heaven but you? And on earth we desire nothing but you. You are our shepherd. We shall not want.  

 

 

13 thoughts on “On Dreams, Desires, Justice and Fellowship

  1. Anne-Marie Tirabassi July 27, 2020 / 6:00 am

    Thank you Tobie! Wow, I will have to read this again and let it sink in….and then ask myself a few questions.

    • Tobie July 27, 2020 / 6:27 am

      Hi Anne-Marie. Thanks for the comment. That’s exactly the idea. It’s intended as a meditation, not a quick read. So you got it! 🙂

    • errollmulder July 27, 2020 / 8:31 am

      Exactly my feelings, and there I was thinking I’m stupid lol. It’s like a parable, with many searching implications.

  2. Tobie July 27, 2020 / 1:22 pm

    Hi Errol – if you’re stupid, I don’t know where that leaves the rest of us…

    • errollmulder July 27, 2020 / 2:27 pm

      You give me hope, Johanna, hope Johanna… lol

  3. David Bolton July 27, 2020 / 3:13 pm

    Thank you, Tobie! I started reading this and then stopped so I could come back to it and give it the time it deserved. I just read it through, slowly, one phrase and sentence at a time and didn’t move on until I grasped what you were saying with each line. This is profound and peals back the layers of the onion to get to the hidden core of our union with God and one another! Beautifully written!!

    In pondering what you wrote, I was also brought into a further insight and confirmation that I thought I’d share as an encouragement. I was brought back to the Ten Commandments, the foundation of all justice, and reconsidered the first four of them in the light of what you wrote. First, have no other gods before Him (no “divine dreams”.) Second, make no false images (idolatrous imaginations) and bow down to them. Third, do not misuse the name of the Lord (by making Him into a “dream”). And fourth, keep the sabbath holy (enter into the rest of what He has already done and to given us in Hmself.) Amen! I don’t think I’ll ever see those commandments the same again! Thank you!!!

    Now I will go back and read it again! 🙂

    Blessings, brother.

  4. Tobie July 27, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    Oh wow, David. So good to hear from you, and so amazing to see how you applied this to the first 4 commandments. This blessed me unbelievably, and I’m going to reread it. And reread it… Sheesh, isn’t Scripture amazing! Love you brother.

  5. Marinus Swanepoel July 27, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    Weekly posts? Early Christmas? or side effects of being kept indoors 🙂 Either way it is dearly appreciated!

    • Tobie July 28, 2020 / 4:29 am

      Haha. Hi Marinus. I’ve recently completed a study project, so my time is slightly more flexible. Still pondering your profound comment the other day, btw.

  6. donnaleebatty July 27, 2020 / 10:51 pm

    Beautiful Tobie! Thank you for speaking this truth, reminding the saints of The One Thing – the Person, the Purpose, the Passion of God – our Head – Jesus Christ. Yes, giving up our dreams, our wish dreams as Dverne Fromke puts it beautifully. As another said, if we fix our eyes on the church we lose Christ, if we fix our eyes on Christ, we get the church. The continuing call to death and subsequent experience of resurrection in the daily lives of individual saints and corporate, reminds me of the Psalm that says … the Lord delights in the death of His saints… Ps 116:15. Not just our physical relocation from this life to the next but our continual embracing of the cross, the same way our Master lived on earth and as is His whole character and existence in the Godhead. Whom have we in heaven but You Lord? There is nothing on earth we desire but You! Amen. Bless you brother 👍🏼

  7. Tobie July 28, 2020 / 4:32 am

    Thanks, Donna. So true. Makes me think of Spurgeon’s words: I looked at Jesus, and the dove of peace flew into my heart. I looked at the dove of peace, and it flew away. Blessings to you.

  8. word2heart November 2, 2020 / 11:14 am

    Not to mention the wars among us due to desire…

    James 4:1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires that war in your members?

    • Tobie November 2, 2020 / 11:26 am

      Absolutely. All conflict arises from our inability to keep the tenth commandment, which sprouts from the distorted idea that equality is to conform to some or other societal norm.

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