"And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." Acts 9:5
To kick against something means to place your will, wants and desire ahead of that which you are in opposition against. It is a lack of conformity. It is also an act of rebellion. Kicking against something also implies the digging in of one's heels in an act of determination not to move.
Paul kicked against the Lord's will by refusing to change his direction from religious adherence to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jonah kicked against going to Nineveh.
Are you a kicker? Kicking against the will of the Lord? Kicking against His call? Are you kicking against the conviction that you are under to give your life to Christ? Are you kicking against doing what He has told you to do? Has He told you to go but you are determined to stay? Has He told you to stay but you are determined to go? Has He told you to speak but you refuse to? Is He leading you in one direction but you are still heading in the opposite one?
There are times when we all have the urge to "kick" against the Lord because our flesh doesn't always want to surrender and give up control. But we can't kick forever. We need to surrender. When we kick, the road is much harder, and it won't go well for us. But when we stop kicking we will find an inward peace and joy that makes life easier.
Have a great day. Are you kicking against God? If so, you need to stop and just surrender.
For further reading:
1 Samuel 2:28-30; 15:22
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