The biblical symbolism of gold in dreams, what that means in practice, with real dream examples.
Have you ever wondered what gold means as a dream symbol?
In this article we will take inspiration from the bible to investigate the spiritual meaning of gold in dreams, and what that means for us in practical terms.
We will explore its meaning in positive and negative contexts, with some real dream examples too!
I approach dream interpretation from a biblical perspective. My belief is that our dreams can come from God, and understanding them is best understood within the context of an ongoing relationship with Him.
- Introducing the colour gold
- Positive meaning of gold in dreams
- Negative meaning of gold in dreams: Idols
The symbolic nature of dreams
Firstly, if you have just come across this post and are new to dream interpretation, it is worth mentioning that dreams are symbolic in nature. You might find it helpful to read Understand your dreams: A bible-based introduction to dream language and my 3-step dream interpretation method to give you a foundation.
Secondly, remember that dreams are personal, so the meanings that I suggest may not apply to your specific dream. But please feel free to use my ideas as a springboard to thinking and praying about dreams yourself. Don’t take my ideas as gospel, but rather let them help you start to think metaphorically.
Introducing the colour gold!
Gold is the colour of Christmas lights, baubles and wrapping paper, and is one of the precious gifts the magi brought for baby Jesus. It has been associated with wealth and royalty: the colour of luxury and extravagance.
- Matthew 2:11, NASB And after they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The colour gets its name from the precious metal. As a metal, gold has been used as currency, and is valued for its beauty, shine, and malleability.
As with any dream symbol, the colour gold can potentially have both positive and negative meanings. The context, feeling and atmosphere of a dream will give us clues to help us determine whether to interpret it in a positive or negative way – so let’s unpack what it could mean in our dreams!
More about positive and negative contexts…
Positive meaning of gold: Wealth, holiness and the presence of God
The bible is a great resource for dream interpretation as it contains so much symbolic language. There are many references to gold, providing us with some excellent examples of potential meanings:
Gold as wealth
Gold shines through as a substance of great value; as an asset it was a symbol of royalty and wealth. Gold and silver were used as money/currency throughout the known world until recent times. To have lots of gold was to be rich!
The biblical worldview had a holistic approach to wellbeing; therefore, gold could represent blessing in general – including health and wealth.
- Genesis 13:2, NASB Now Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.
- Psalm 21:3, NASB You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
Gold as quality
We sometimes talk about something good as being pure gold.
Gold was a standard by which other things were compared. We still use the term gold standard to imply superior quality – and as a point of reference to which other things can be compared. Here are a few different gold comparisons:
- Proverbs 16:16, NASB How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
- Psalm 19:9-10, NASB The judgments of the Lord are true… They are more desirable than gold
- Psalm 119:127, NASB I love Your commandments above gold, yes, above pure gold.
Gold refined in the fire
Gold, silver, and other precious metals are taken through a process to remove impurities. The dross is burnt up, leaving pure metal.
The writer of Proverbs says the process of refining gold in a furnace is metaphorically like the process that God takes us through – to refine our hearts and character.
- Proverbs 17:3, NASB The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests hearts.
- James 1:3,12, NASB …the testing of your faith produces endurance…so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- Job 23:10, NASB When He has put me to the test, I will come out as gold.
The idea is that we become pure in heart; holy – like God is holy. Holy means set apart for a special purpose. This captures the essence of gold as something beautiful that has developed in our lives over time – as we journey with God. As we discover who we are, the beauty of who we were created to be starts to shine through – like gold.
- 1 Peter 1:15-16, TPT Shape your lives to become like the Holy One who called you. For Scripture says: “You are to be holy, because I am holy.”
Gold as the glory of God
In the Old Testament tabernacle (a mobile tent that hosted the presence of God), the items within it became more precious as the areas became more holy.
In the outer courtyard the items were made of bronze. But in the holy place the items were made of gold, such as the gold lampstand and altar of incense. In the innermost area – the holy of holies, where they met with God – the items were made of gold or overlain with gold.
Imagine being in there – being surrounded by shining gold all around! This truly would have created an awesome impression, symbolizing God’s glory.
- Exodus 25:18, NASB NASB You shall make two cherubim of gold
- Exodus 25:11, NASB You shall overlay it with pure gold
Sometimes the presence of God manifests visibly on earth, such as in a glory cloud or in gold dust. This tangible presence of God is called shekinah glory. The colour gold often features at these times.
- Job 37:22 From the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty.
Gold represents the presence of God.
All the above meanings (wealth, prosperity, blessing, special value, worth and holiness) all come from the presence of God in our lives and in the things we do. As we walk in our divine purpose, everything we need to achieve that purpose is provided abundantly. This is the main meaning of gold in our dreams.
In a dream, the positive presence of gold means that God is in the thing that the symbol represents: God is its source. For example:
- Gold shoes could be walking in our divine purpose.
- Gold clothes could be our divine calling.
- Physical gold or coins could be about God-given financial provision and blessing.
- Gold being produced could be godly character developing.
God is our true source and provider.
Real dream examples: Positive context of gold
|I dreamed I was getting ready to go out. I saw some shoes that were not mine. I walked along the corridor and then found my gold sandals.||This was at a time when I was seeking what to do next. I should not take the first option that came may way, but keep going a little longer – and I would find my God-given path.||Shoes are something we do (walk in). Gold represented a God-given opportunity – but I had to walk past the first one to find it.|
|I dreamed I was trying to get home for my friend Jo’s wedding. I found the invitation hidden amongst a pile of cards. I decided to wear my new gold dress.||This was another time when I was seeking my God-given purpose for the next season. The dream alerted me that I would find it by going through my previous dreams.||Getting home represented finding my destiny. Jo is a familar dream symbol of mine, and the meaning comes from Joseph who was a dream interpreter in the bible.|
|Just before I woke up I dreamed I saw a light shining on my bedside journal and a golden pen next to it.||This was a calling dream: I had God’s anointing to start writing about dreams.||The gold indicated that God was in my idea to start writing – hence this blog!|
|My friend dreamed she was putting lots of paper through the laminator and it was coming out a gold colour.||This was during a difficult busy period where she was learning to rely on God for help. It was an encouragement that God was working in her life through it.||The laminator represented the trial she was going through, and the gold was the godly faith and character that was developing as she trusted God to help her.|
Negative meaning of gold: Idols
Gold can also appear in a negative context. The context and atmosphere of the dream would provide clues about this. The negative meaning of a dream symbol is usually the opposite of the positive one; in this case, the opposite of God is a false god: in other words, an idol.
- Exodus 20:23, NASB You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold…
This doesn’t have to be a literal gold statue like in bible times! Some of the above things we have mentioned, like wealth and money, can be idols. Any source of provision or idea that we look to apart from God can be an idol.
Whenever we look to something other than God as our source – that thing has become an idol.
Therefore, gold can be a helpful clue that we are relying on something that is not God – and, ultimately, we need to know that. The main point about false gods in the bible is that they don’t actually have any power to help in the long run. They are not the true God – who is our source and provider.
Negative gold could also indicate that we think God is in something – but He’s not!
Negative gold can mean we think God is in something – but He’s not.
Real dream examples: Negative context of gold
|I dreamed I was sitting looking at a huge gold palace. I tried to get there but lost my coat and just got further away from where I needed to be.||This was telling me that a big idea I had for making money would not be the best thing for me to do. I thought this idea was from God, but it wasn’t. It was an idol.||The dream got more and more frustrating which indicated that this was a negative context of gold.|
|I dreamed I bought a book from a man called Golding, but the pages turned into nonsense writing like you get in spam emails. My friend said I should get rid of the book.||This was at the same time as the previous dream and was about the same issue. I had entertained a false idea, thinking it was from God, but it was nonsense. I should discard it!||The surname Golding was a wordplay on gold. The advice to get rid of the book indicated that this was a negative context.|
In a positive context gold can represent God’s presence – and any blessing that comes from God’s work in our life: wealth, provision, good character, etc. In a negative context gold can represent idols, and anything that is taking the place of God’s best for our life.
Some closing thoughts:
- The colour gold in a dream could represent any number of things. The above ideas should give you a good starting point.
- I believe that only God can tell us what the colour means in a specific dream, so you could try asking Him!
- Consider the atmosphere and context of the dream to see whether the gold is being used in a positive or negative sense.
- In addition to the meanings that I have shared, remember that it could mean something personal or culturally significant to you, that isn’t mentioned here.
And finally…dreams themselves are a great tool for hearing God so we can fulfil our divine destiny. They help us cooperate with Him to develop good character and faith in our lives. They keep us walking in the blessing of fellowship with Him –aware of His presence with us – day after day.
Have fun interpreting those gold dreams! If this article has helped you interpret a dream, please leave a comment!
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The purpose of this blog is to provide solid biblical foundations for interpreting dreams, change mindsets in the church, and encourage others to make their own dream journey with God. I am primarily a writer and bible teacher – who loves dreams, and I hope you will be inspired to learn to interpret your own dreams.
It is not currently my aim to routinely engage in dream interpretations or provide training, except through writing blog posts. You can read my most up to date position on interpreting dreams here: Requests for dream interpretations.
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