Last week I kept quoting “It’s hard to kick against the Pricks!” I used it when talking about things that were going on in my life, the life of my family. I really don’t know why it kept coming to me, until Sunday. I usually pray before going to church that God would talk to me today through his holy Scripture. Then Sunday, the preacher preached on Paul, who was first Saul. Jesus visited him on the road to Damascus when Paul was headed there with letters to bound Christians and throw them in prison (Acts 9). Jesus said to Paul, “ It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”
This phrase, it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks, has always confused me. I couldn’t quite get the concept of what it meant. Then all of the sudden, I’m quoting it in my everyday life. It became quite clear Sunday night when the preacher preached on the subject. First of all I’m going to share what others have said about the subject, then what I believe was revealed to us Sunday night.
- An ox goad was a stick with a pointed piece of iron on its tip used to prod the oxen when plowing. The farmer would prick the animal to steer it in the right direction. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. In essence, the more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered. Thus, Jesus’ words to Saul on the road to Damascus: “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” (Got Questions)
Now I was amazed Sunday night that the preacher had preached about this, considering I had quoted it several times in the days before. Then it became clear what it meant. The sermon was about the old man vs the new man, and how sometimes God tries to help us by showing us or teaching us how to live a better, Christian life. Perhaps he wants us to do something, but we fight hard against it. Or he is trying to get our attention but we rebel, just like the animal against the prick. God allows trials in our life to get our attention and help us grow as Christians, and become a new man (better Christian). As long as we fight God, than trials will continue. When we allow God to be our guide and master in this life, then God brings us through those trials and we are the better man.
To use an example of how I used the term: I was talking about someone that was living a hard life. They could have a better life if they would only submit to God. He wants to bless them with a happy, successful life, but they are kicking against the pricks. They are battling God, even though they are a Christian. They are seeking things they shouldn’t in this life. They are prideful and won’t listen to others that can help them. Ever notice that a true born again Christian that is committed to serving God, God has blessed them.
So I was so excited to hear this Sunday, about this scripture, I had no doubt God was showing me and my family something. Trust God, obey God, allow God to work in your life. Then God can pour out blessings and make your life so much easier.
Hope you enjoyed this post and hope you have all the blessings that you want in the New Year! Happy New Year 2019!