Sunday, June 1, 2003 6:40 p.m.
In a blinding light on the road to Damascus, Jesus said to Saul, “…It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5). I never understood what that meant until our Sunday School teacher said that it represents a long stick with a sharp poker on the end. A farmer would poke a cow with this stick to make him move and the cow would kick back. A farmer used pricks to get the cow to move. Likewise, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, had been poking Saul with pricks to make him move toward what was right. But instead of heeding to the probing of the Holy Spirit, he kicked back. That’s why Jesus said, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5). May we not kick against the pricks of the Holy Spirit, but move at HIs prompting.
Thought for Today: When the Holy Spirit pricks your heart, heed to his probing.