The Means and the End

” The end justifies the means.”  -Machiavelli

When we have a desired end in mind, not only do we tend to force it into being, but we are capable of doing things that are typically out of character.  After all we have logic AND responsibility on our side when it comes to making goals, plans, and mapping out exactly how we are going to get to those goals.

James 4:13-15

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Not that it’s bad to plan, but we forget that God often has a different evaluation of important and urgent than we do on a day to day basis.  We forget to listen for God’s leading to decide if our plans are the plans of God.  It almost never plays out that the end justifies the means of getting there.  In fact, it seems that God is more interested in the means that the end on most occasions.

Our focus on goals constantly causes us to sacrifice “presence” in any given situation.  You know exactly what I am talking about – you are physically present but mentally absent.  We are missing moments of life that are pregnant with intentional opportunities to glorify Him, because we are wrapped up in the accomplishments of our flesh (all the while, trying to justify them to ourselves and others).

God has promised us the end.  Glory.  A new heaven and a new earth.

It’s in His hands.

Let us focus on Him and the whispers of the Spirit. Let us focus on the present because we no not what tomorrow will bring.  There is so much beauty on the road to the destination.  Let us not miss it because we are focused on how we will make our way there and trust God with the moments of our lives and the destination He ordains.

“He leadeth me He leadeth me by His own hand He leadeth me

His faithful follower I would be for by His hand He leadeth me”

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