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
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
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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