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 26:14).
Text: Acts 26 (Judges 17-18)
These closing chapters of Acts feature Paul’s final defense before King Agrippa and then the trip to Rome where he will be imprisoned and eventually die. When Paul speaks to Agrippa, he recounts his remarkable conversion on the Road to Damascus some thirty years earlier. This is the third time we read of it. This time, there is a new detail:
“Goads” are pointed sticks used to prod draft animals to pull harder. Sometimes, the oxen will kick back. Since the animals are in harness they can neither see their target nor get away. To kick against the goads is a useless effort to avoid the inevitable. God’s will for Paul was that He surrender his life to Jesus, receive God’s grace and love, and then serve the Lord with zeal. God got His way (God always gets His way). Likewise, the Lord has a plan for your life and mine. Are you resisting? If so, surrender. Give in to Jesus. You know that the Lord will get His way in your life, right?
in Him, Mike