Make an Impact!

The Old Testament, in particular, reveals the frailty and sensitivity of the people that God uses. It humanizes faith and shows how God uses people who make mistakes and bad decisions. The church acts as if a person who made a mistake or a bad decision is disqualified forever. However, Scripture is clear that God chose people who made mistakes and had patience with people that we choose not to deal with.

Thus, we have Tamar, the wife of Judah’s oldest son, Er. However, God killed Er before Tamar could conceive. Old Testament Law declared that if the eldest brother died, his wife would be given to the next oldest living brother as part of his responsibility to legitimize her. Onan, Judah’s second son, had intercourse with Tamar, but spilled his seed on the ground.

God killed Onan for wasting his seed. Onan aborted his purpose. God is interested in purpose. As long as you fulfill your purpose, God will put up with a whole lot. Not all things may be good, but they will work together for good for those who are called to purpose…

All Onan wanted was inspiration without impartation. Most ministries today are like Onan; they are more concerned about crowd reaction than about real impartation. God hates inspiration without impartation. He does not want us to go through the motions and have nothing left. When God passes by, He wants to leave us with something on the inside that stays after a one-time experience. He does not want us to spend an evening with Him and have nothing to show for it. When God sends His seed out, it ought to cause pregnancy to occur wherever it goes. He wants us to leave His presence full! Onan went for the fun of it and not for the seed of it – and God killed him!

Onan did not make an impact. He was more interested in having fun than making impact. When you spill seed, your actions bring curses on you. You cannot bear fruit through wasted seed. There can be no harvest with wasted seed. Do you want to make an impact?

GENESIS 38:1-10

It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah. And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and went in to her. So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er. She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan. And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him.

Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord killed him. And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; therefore He killed also.

ALSO READ: Isaiah 64:6-8, Mark 4:26-29 & II Corinthians 9:10

Ref: There is More In You By T.D. Jakes

Why We Suffer

When we suffer, we seek answers. Perhaps it’s the desire to regain some semblance of control over circumstances that remind us of our utter powerlessness in certain realities. Or, maybe it’s just our human longing to believe that everything happens for a reason; we believe that all the details of our lives should fit together like puzzle pieces revealing significance beyond anything we can see from our surface perspective. 

For those of us who trust in the goodness and sovereignty of God, this compelling need to understand why certain events occur is no less stringent. Even as we cling to the promises of divine truth, we scrutinize our natural world for answers that require supernatural solutions. Somehow we inherently believe that if we can understand the motivation and contextualization of our crisis, then we can contain it, reduce it, and eliminate it. 

Rarely do we glean the understanding or revelatory insight we crave in the midst of our suffering. From my own experience and the privilege of walking alongside others during their most painful losses, I’ve learned that grieving is not the time to look for answers; it takes all your energy just to survive the turbulence of the loss. And truth be told, there is no philosophical or theological comprehension that can adequately articulate the pain radiating from one whose soul cries out in silent sorrow. 

How is it that the righteous suffer? Throughout the history of humankind, we have wrestled with the “why” behind our losses. Across the pages of the Bible, we see this question posed again and again. Even the psalmist contemplated why the wicked seem to prosper while the faithful suffer. Answering this question is crucial to your recovery from life’s crushing blows. 

For, you see, the difference between pruning and punishment is intention. It’s not figuring out how one suffers something different than someone else – it’s looking at why they suffer. Both sufferings look and feel almost the same. For Mary gazing up a Golgotha, she saw two men being crucified beside her son, screaming, bleeding and crying out in the delirious spasms of excruciating pain. Despite their resemblance, there was a crucial difference: two were being punished, and one was being pruned.

Reference: Crushing “God Turns Pressure into Power” -Bishop T.D. Jakes