Kicking Against the Goad
In Acts 26:14 the Lord is speaking to Saul, "It is hard for you to kick against the goads."
I wondered what on earth that meant! A goad was a tool used by the Syrian farmer. Was usually a straight branch of oak or other strong wood from which the bark has been stripped, & which has at one end a pointed spike & at the other a flat chisel-shaped iron. The pointed end is to prod the oxen while plowing. The flattened iron at the other end is to scrape off the earth which clogs the plowshare. It was as useless for Saul to keep on in the wrong way as for a rebellious ox to attempt to leave the furrow. He would surely be brought back with a prick of the goad.
Had to laugh because I too often 'kick against the goad' & try to rebel against my God. Thankful that most of the time now all it takes is a little 'prick', or as I like to say 'He jerks my chain', to get me back on track.
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