Why Not?

This past summer I stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. stood when he spoke the famous words, “I Have a Dream” After I left those steps I remembered last summer how much God was speaking to me about dreaming with Him. I won’t say the dreams of last summer were small by any means, but after a quick assessment of last summer’s dreams I realized something had changed. Something had shifted; I went from hoping God would do something to believing God would do something. It was not like I all of a sudden mustered up enough faith to believe it. It was more like all of a sudden God prompted the question, “WHY NOT?”. Why not see the sick healed? Why not see revival? Why not see abortion end? Why not see MY heart revealed on earth? Well that’s a good question, “WHY NOT?”
Sometimes when you dream big with God you start to think of the logistics of it all, forgetting that Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew19:26) If it is according to His will and sovereignty, then it is possible. If God put the dream in your heart, then consider it in the realm of the possible. We are entering a time that will require us to ask ourselves, “WHY NOT?” We will need to be bold in believing God for what seems impossible. When I think of David in reference to Goliath, I think of a guy who thought, “WHY NOT?” When I think of Caleb and Joshua, I think of them listening to the other spies saying we can’t go over there, I wonder if they were thinking, “WHY NOT?” When Jesus healed a man’s hand on the Sabbath in Mark Chapter 3, He more or less asked the religious leaders, “WHY NOT?” It is time to question with boldness. Jesus turned to his critics, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save a life or to destroy it?” (Mark 3:4) The question “WHY NOT?” is rebellious in nature unless coupled with the will of God. Jesus was for sure a rebel in the eyes of his critics but He was smack dab in the middle of His Father’s will.
Friday, August 28th, will mark the 52nd anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech. After I left that spot where Dr. King stood I not only reflected on dreams in my own heart, I but read the full text of his speech when I had a few moments to myself. It benefits us to learn from those in our past who have gone before us and asked “WHY NOT?” Dr. King said, “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism…..Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.”
Love and blessings,