“It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14)
“It is hard for you to kick against the pricks” (Acts 26:14) KJV, NKJV
Paul, who is Saul, had the most interesting conversion experience when He met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Have you heard it?
“In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shown around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” (Acts 26: 12-14)
Beloved, did you hear that? Jesus said, “why are you persecuting (me)”?
So in Saul’s persecution of the Christians, the believers, the followers of Jesus ~ Jesus says, “why are you persecuting me”?
Doesn’t that just astound you ? I don’t know about you but from my perspective that just places the persecution of Christians in a whole new dimension! Beloved, just please soak that in ~ Amen
And if that isn’t enough to just take your breath away, Jesus goes on to say to Saul ~
“It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14) Jesus is showing His compassion for the “persecutor” Saul.
Breathe deeply ~ beloved, that is the amazing grace, the amazing love that Jesus so often refers, that which He is. The Love of Jesus is not the misuse of word love that is being trampled upon today.
It is not the tolerance of the goads but in the compassion for the persecutors as they resist the goads of God. It is the compassion for those who have yet to surrender to the loving “goads” of God; and how hard it must be to kick against the goads ~ without Him.
As we think about our own “conversion stories” ~ and as we journey on. We all have kicked against the goads, the loving rod and staff of our Savior. But we journey with Him ~ with Jesus and receive the comfort of His Staff. ~ Amen
How hard it must be to kick against the goads ~ without Him. ~ Amen: Y
“Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
But he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. (Proverbs13:13)