Acts 26:14 (ESV)
14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
To ‘kick against the goads’ was a common expression found in Greek & Latin literature. Even though it sounds a little strange in this day and age, back in the day everyone understood it’s meaning. Goads were made from a piece of timber blunt on one end and pointed on the other. It was used to urge a stubborn ox. Occasionally the ox would kick at the goad, but the more the ox kicked the more the goad would stab into the flesh of it’s leg causing greater pain.
What a great illustration of our stubbornness sometimes demonstrated in our attempts to be lord of our own lives instead of surrendering to Jesus. Just like Paul, Jesus is calling us to himself and just like Paul, once you encounter Jesus there’s no escaping him.
Lord Jesus, thank you for calling me to yourself. Your grace is overwhelming when I consider how lost I was without you. Give me eyes to become more aware of your presence and just how involved you are in every detail of our lives. Help me to become more aware of your voice and give me the boldness to obey without hesitation. I love you Jesus and thank you for your living word through which you speak so clearly. I want to know you more and more. For there is no one like you. No one else comes close!