Acts 26:14 (NIV)
We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
They all fell down which means they all felt the power of the Living God but Jesus only spoke to one.
He speaks to Saul the man in active, vengeful and deadly pursuit of those who claim Christ as their Lord. Asking why did he continue to kick against the goads?
Goads are a long stick with a horrible metal hook at the end designed to steer an oxen in the direction he should go. If the oxen kicked against the goad it would impale the beast. This of course would be horrifically painful.
The maker of the Universe was not only interested in stopping the persecution of His church but also in the life and pain of the man who was doing the persecution. This kind of love is scandalous, outrageous and absolutely delicious.
From the scripture we can read that apparently Jesus had been goading Saul to go in the correct direction and up until this point Saul had ignored it. Then something drastic happened he was thrown to the ground and was blinded for three days.
I have seen it in my life and in those I love that claim Christ as King that they kick against Jesus’s goads and directions only for so long before Jesus takes drastic action. Blinding us for three days? … Maybe.
Will you choose the pain of the goads or the freedom of Christ?
Prayer: God, Your mercies are great. We stand in awe of Your love and ask that You deepen our walk with You. We desire to hear Your voice only, loud and clear so that we might respond with immediate and complete obedience. Your will is great, wise and holy. Help us to lay down ourselves so that we might pick up Your greater life. Help us to live a life of worship. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.