The End of Your Means

Saul then removed his clothes and also prophesied before Samuel; he collapsed [and lay] naked all that day and all that night. That is why they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” – 1 Samuel 19:24

neonbrand-395901-unsplash

Are you familiar with the axiom, “the end justifies the means”?

King Saul wanted to kill David and so he sent his troops to find him. Each soldier that Saul sent found Samuel instead and was, as a result, left in a trance. When no one returned to Saul with the news of David’s location, the king eventually went on the search himself, but ended up naked, in a stupor, and on his face before the prophet of God.

As with Saul, most often the problem with our “means” is that they eventually have an “end” … and that end is not usually a good one! Our means or “ways” often have the negative result of leaving us naked, stupefied, and unproductive before the world … as well as ashamed before our Lord. Only God’s ways can be followed to a positive conclusion for His end is not “stupefaction,” but wisdom, clarity of purpose, and peace.

Examine your path and ask yourself, “What will be the ultimate end of my means?” You just might be going the wrong way!

All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions. – Reinhold Niebuhr

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s