The Impulsiveness of Purpose
December 15, 2014 AOA
In Insights

There is an impulsiveness that comes with divine purpose. When you have been anointed by God for a purpose, and we all have, there begins to be some spontaneous effects of this anointing. We are all born for a specific purpose. God does nothing without a purpose therefore your very existence is confirmation that you have an assignment. The Bible also suggests that God anoints people for a purpose even before they are born. Jeremiah, Paul, and John the Baptist among many others were all ordained by God for a specific purpose before they were ever born. After birth, we start to show some of these tendencies which manifest as impulses. We possess natural inclinations to certain things and it is because of purpose. These leanings are not deliberate. They are mostly spontaneous and unintended, much like a magnetic pull that tilts your life choices into conformance to a particular recurring pattern.

Have you ever taken an action without thinking? Have you tried to restrain yourself in the past but just couldn’t help yourself? I am not referencing sinful impulses which we do experience and can be very strong. These purpose driven impulses trigger actions before clear and linear thought processes are established. It causes the most calculating and strategic of men to act on a whim.

David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” – 1 Samuel 17:26 (NLT)

David was a highly strategic man. One of the major reasons he never lost a battle in addition to the obvious presence of God was his tactical prowess. Wisdom and discretion were some of his core competencies; he is described in 1 Samuel 16:18 as a person of good judgment. He wouldn’t go to battle even after his wives and kids had been taken by the Amalekites until he had inquired from God first in 1 Samuel 30. That is a man with great restraint and good judgment. Again he displays his superior wisdom by planting spies in the administration of Absalom the usurper instead of engaging him frontally. He was not a moron by any standard.

Nevertheless, the passion and zeal of purpose caused him to be impulsive to the detriment of his own life. Why else would a fifteen year old lad seek to confront the formidable Goliath of Gath? Goliath was a confident ten feet tall warrior with an armor bearer and many years of battle experience under his belt. The Philistines were completely confident in his abilities. Why would a boy on a food delivery and welfare assessment and reporting mission concern himself with matters of national security? It wasn’t a well thought out situation. Good thinking would have revealed the folly of his grand idea and deterred him from such an adventure. But David could not turn a blind eye. Everything physical and logical suggested that this was a suicide mission yet he could not restrain himself from intervening against Goliath.

There are areas of your life where you consistently act before you think; it’s the impulsiveness of purpose. A natural born chef enters a host’s house and impulsively finds himself in the kitchen. He is just 11 years old and has never made a meal yet he would rather stay in the kitchen than play video games with his peers. In the movie, August Rush, the young music prodigy ‘follows the music’ instinctively despite not knowing anything about music at the time. It is an irresistible attraction; you can’t help yourself once you are within the range of magnetic field.

One of the most common questions I hear from people is ‘how do I know my purpose?’ The impulses we possess and have manifested over the years easily point us in the direction of purpose. Purpose makes us impulsive. It is a deep seated desire that exerts a pull on us to those situations and cause us to act without premeditation.

David was a king by divine purpose therefore he could not help but think, talk and act like one. He started out thinking of the benefit to himself but had a shift mid sentence and focused on the reproach the situation was bringing upon the nation and the God of the nation. He wasn’t occupying the position of king but he had been anointed just as we have been separated and ordained by God for unique assignments. You might not be walking in the fullness of purpose presently but you have been anointed in secret just like David was. It was said about Samson in Judges 13:25 that the Spirit began to stir him at times. The Spirit was pushing his buttons and revving him up for his assignment as a deliverer of Israel. I perceive that God is stirring the spirits of men by His Spirit for an expression of divine purpose like nothing we have ever seen.

Moses displayed purpose driven impulses when he killed the Egyptian for maltreating an Israelite and when he tried to settle a dispute between two Israelites in Egypt. He had a good life in the palace and there was no reason for him to jeopardize that but he was being stirred in line with divine purpose. Some would say he acted rashly. He would later become the man who led the Israelites to emancipation from Egypt and against opposing nations in the wilderness as well as the judge between Israelites; all tendencies he demonstrated forty years earlier albeit prematurely.

Jesus impulsively stayed back in Jerusalem three days without realizing His parents were nowhere to be found. The impulse is a spontaneous reaction to certain triggers. In the case of Jesus, he felt most comfortable listening and asking questions in the temple. For Moses, he could not stand to see the Israelites in servitude to Egyptians and in argument with each other. These are triggers.

One of the effects of embracing these impulses is that it will most likely lead to the wilderness however the wilderness is a requirement for entering into the fullness of purpose. Moses, David, John the Baptist, Jesus, and Israel all had to go through the wilderness to get into the fullness of divine purpose. After going through the wilderness and entering into purpose, the actions become less impulsive and more deliberate. There comes an alignment born out of growth, and understanding and accepting the purpose of God for your life. SHALOM.