Devotions By Jan


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Scripture for Today:  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 to kick against the goads.'” 

I have tried different kinds of workouts throughout the years, but never kickboxing.  It not only seems like a good exercise, but it looks like a good way to work out frustration!  I learned that there are three kinds of kicks to get started; front, side and roundhouse.  One starts by kicking at nothing.  Then one kicks at a bag, pads or a punching dummy.  Kickboxing is said to tone the body, increase stamina and provide a great cardiovascular workout.

Our verse for today speaks of kicking against goads.  When an ox was young and first yoked to a wagon, there would be a bar studded with wooden spikes at its front end.  If the ox submitted to the yoke and cooperated, there was no problem.  It was only if the young ox kicked that he would hurt himself.  With bright blinding light from heaven, Jesus confronts Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus.  Not only was Saul persecuting Jesus in persecuting Christians, but he was hurting himself as well.  He was like that young ox, kicking at the goads rather than submitting to God.

Jesus promises that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30).  When I am submitting to what He wants in my life than I can attest to the wonderful truth of this verse.  But there are times when I am wanting to pull away and go my own way.  When that happens, I am kicking against the goads and hurting myself, making life a lot harder.

Thank you Lord, that submitting to You makes life’s burdens easier to bear.

(Look familiar?  This is a re-post due to ministry schedule)

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