by Tammy Phillips
July 22, 2020
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. – Acts 9:5 KJV
Saul was a devout Jew who thought he was doing the work of God. He was viscous and was on a mission to eliminate Christians, particularly the disciples. He was in hot pursuit of them, when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. The meeting stopped him in his tracts and forever changed his life.
Jesus said the funniest thing to Saul in Acts 9:5 KJV, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” The New King James versions reads, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It [is] hard for you to kick against the goads.” A goad was a long piece of wood that was pointed on one end. It was used to urge a stubborn ox in the desired direction. If the ox rebelled, it might “kick against the goad,” causing a pain in its behind. “Kicking against the prick” would be like Jesus saying in modern day terms, “Why are you being so stupid? Why are you making things so hard on yourself by being vain, risky, dangerous, disastrous and destructive in your resistance and rebellion against Me?” Simply, “why are you doing things your own way?”
Jesus is kind and loving he compassionately “pricks” our spirit in the right direction. We choose to rebel. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). We can “kick against the prick” and go our own way, but it will be painful. Ultimately, we are just slowing down the will of God for our lives.
I encourage you not to “kick against the prick.” Surrender to the word of God. Submit to the will of God. When you have a come-to-Jesus meeting, let it be you that calls it and not Jesus saying, “(fill in the blanks, with your name?)”