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?