“And Paul said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” Acts 9:5
Have you ever read this verse and wondered what it meant. The meaning behind this verse can be very enlightening.
During the time in which this situation happened to Paul, there were cattle rods that were placed on the cows so that the owners could get them to go in the direction they wanted them to go. The cattle rod had sharp pricks on them and when the cow went in the wrong direction or a direction that the owner did not want them to go, then they would be pricked by these sharp objects.
So you may be wondering, what does this all mean for you?
God was essentially telling Paul in this verse that the reason why bad things were happening to him was because he was going against the pricks. He was going in a direction that God did not want him to go and therefore he was hurting himself.
So how does this apply to you?
Well, when God wants us to do something or has a plan for us and we decide to go in a completely different direction. Then we are not covered by God in that direction leaving us open to be “pricked.” Have you ever wondered why bad things continue to happen to you?
It could be because you are going against the pricks. Meaning that you are not going in the direction that God wants you to go and therefore you are hurting yourself in the process.
I was listening to Joyce Meyer the other day and she said something that was very interesting. She said when she was younger she wanted to be more domesticated like her neighbor. She decided to grow tomatoes and garden like her neighbor and like a good Christian she even prayed over them. But soon when it was time to harvest the tomatoes the bugs came in and ate all of them ruining her harvest. When she called her neighbor, her garden and tomatoes were left unharmed.
Joyce got mad and asked God why He allowed for her hard work to go in vein. And God told her that he never told her to grow tomatoes and therefore he has no obligation to protect her tomatoes. At the time she was called to preach and that is what God wanted her to focus her attention on. Not being like someone else and not doing something that He did not call her to do. And since she decided to go her own way instead of God’s way, she was in essence hurting herself.
How many times have you wondered why your relationships are going bad?
Why you are not getting the jobs you want?
Why things in your life seem to be going wrong?
It could be that you are going against the pricks. You are heading in a direction that God does not want you to go in and pricks are going into your side to get you to snap out of it and get back on the track that God ordained for you.
So in essence we can never really get mad at God but only ourselves because we are not paying attention to God and the direction that God wants us to go.
I have had to learn to stop hurting myself, stop going my own way, and trying to do things my own way. It was only hurting me and then I blamed God for the hurt I was causing myself. When in fact, He never told me to do or go in the directions that I was sending myself in. It is better to learn the easy way over the hard way to just go along with God’s purpose and save yourself a whole lot of pain and frustration. Even though you may not understand. God’s way for us is always best. And He is God and will have His way.