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Since I don’t have a picture of an ox the donkey from St. John will have to do

So there’s a verse in the Bible where the Lord is basically telling Paul (his name was Saul before God changed it to Paul) that it’s pointless to resist Him.  He tells Paul that it’s “hard for you to kick against the goads”.

Acts 26:14 – 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.’

A goad was what the farmer would use to get their stubborn oxen to do what was needed while they were harnessed.  It was a sharp metal point on the end of a long stick.  As you can imagine the oxen don’t like this very much and would kick back at the farmer.  Well the way the stick was positioned, when the ox would kick it would only drive deeper into its leg.  So the analogy is simple – God is represented by the farmer and we are the dumb, stubborn ox.

Today was one of those days where there seemed to be lots of drama.  I’m trying not to react.  You know – remain calm!  On the inside frustration, anxiety.  By the time I’m home it feels like rapid fire.  The process of raising (Training) two young men to be men.  By the way, what age do “They” say the brain becomes fully developed?

I’m tired and I want to be like the ox.  I want a lighter burden.  I’m kicking against the goads and my reactions only drive the spike deeper and makes things more difficult.  It strikes me as I’m writing this that it also drives the spikes deeper into the hands of Jesus.  I need His forgiveness and His endless grace.  Thank God that I can trust Him to lead this dumb ox in the right direction.  I’m reminded of another verse in Matthew 11:28-30 that says:

  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I need only to go to Him. Trust Him. … Daily!


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