Ed Young Television Devotional
Don’t Kick against the Goads
“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.’” Acts 26:14
It’s not likely that you’ve ever used a goad. A goad is an ancient farming device that a farmer would use while plowing a field. One end of the goad was sharp and was used to encourage the animals pulling the plow to head in the right direction. It would correct their path when they wandered from it. The other end was flat and was used to scrape off the muck and the mire from the plow itself. It would help the instrument glide smoothly through the ground. You may not have thought about it before, but God has a goad for all of us – and it’s the right THEY.
The goad isn’t always comfortable. After all, when we’re told we’re not heading in the right direction, we don’t necessarily like it. But remember, God wants the best for our lives. He wants us to experience the most out of life. Many times, we need to be reminded and encouraged about which direction to take. That’s what the right THEY do. They help us stay on the path God has chosen for us. So when the right THEY in your life remind you of which direction to take; when you feel the prod of God or the correction of our Creator, don’t kick against the goads!
Thank God for His correction and direction in your life. Pray for the right THEY to come alongside you and remind you of which direction in life you need to be taking.
Write down a list of the right THEY in your life. Take a moment today to pray specifically for them to stay on God’s path for their lives.
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