A selection of verses showing how God can use dreams to communicate with people.

God uses dreams to intervene on behalf of his people:

God stopped Abimelech innocently taking Abraham's wife:

Genesis 20 verse 6

6 God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also withheld you from sinning against me. Therefore I didn’t allow you to touch her.

He warned Laban not to harm Jacob:

Genesis 31 verse 24

24 God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Be careful that you don’t speak to Jacob either good or bad.”

The wise men at Jesus' birth were warned not to return to Herod:

Matthew 2 verse 12

12 Being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.

God uses dreams to tell people about the future:

Pharoah's dreams were telling him what was about to happen:

Genesis 41 verse 25

25 Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dream of Pharaoh is one. What God is about to do he has declared to Pharaoh.

The prophet Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that his dream was about the future:

Daniel 2 verse 28

28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these: 

These chapters have links to this theme: