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True confession:

Going to the doctor doesn't scare me. Getting shots does not frighten me. Having my blood drawn for blood work doesn't bother me. But do you want to know what I struggle with when visiting the doctor's office? Do you know those spring-loaded lancets? They are the finger poking things the nurses use to prick the tip of the finger. The spring-loaded ones are conveniently cocked and ready. The nurse simply has to touch the release button as the lancet is placed firmly on the fingertip. With a distinct, loud click the lancet shoots the blade into the tip of the finger. Why does that bother me? Every time I hear that click noise I jump. It startles me. No matter how much I am expecting the noise and try to relax, when I hear that loud click I jump. When a blade is being shot into your skin, that is not the best time to jump.

One day I went to visit the doctor. I had to have my finger pricked. I told the nurse, "You need to hold my hand tightly because when I hear that click I will jump." I made it a habit to warn nurses who were using the spring-loaded lancets of my reaction. Nurses would then take a death-grip on my hand and would proceed without incident. Unfortunately, this one nurse did not take my warning seriously. She held my hand, pressed the release button on the lancet, the click sounded it's deadly intent, and I jumped. What should have been a simple, small prick was now a nasty cut that sliced across the tip of my finger.

Pricks turn to cuts when you jerk away.

Psalm 38:2 "For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore."

David was being pricked. The arrows of the Lord's conviction were sticking him. It was uncomfortable. David didn't jerk away. David didn't reject. David knew God was doing a healing work in David's heart. David needed the conviction and the chastisement because he had sinned. How did David respond?

Psalm 38:18 "For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin."

David repented.

Acts 2:37 "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

When the people of Acts 2 heard Peter's message, they were pricked in their hearts. The Gospel convicted them and they responded with repentance.

Later in the book of Acts the high priest, the chief priests, and the captain of the officers gave a much different response. They heard the truth about Christ. Peter and the apostles refused to stop preaching Jesus.

Acts 5:33 "When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them."

They were not just pricked. They were cut! Why? The same sword (God's Word) that pricked the people of Acts 2, cut the heart of these men because they jerked away. They rejected. They were not interested in the healing that the Lord was offering.

Stephen preached the Gospel in Acts 7, and got a similar response.

Acts 7:54 "When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth."

Those men that he preached to rejected God's Word, and Stephen became the first martyr.

Standing close by, consenting to his martyrdom, was a man named Saul. Saul was vicious in his pursuit against Christians. He threatened and pursued Christians. Yet, God was already working in Saul's heart. On the outside, he was dedicated and determined, yet God's Word was pricking his heart. When he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, Jesus confronted Saul about his response to the pricks.

Acts 9:5 "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."

He was not rejecting God's work in his heart. He was not cut to the heart, but he was kicking. Later he submitted to the pricks and repented. He responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

What are you doing when the Word of God pricks? How do you respond to conviction?

Do you jerk away and reject? It will cut your heart and make you angry and bitter. It will cause you to lash out at those who speak the truth of God's Word.

Do you kick against the pricks? Do you fight the work God is doing?

Or do you, like David, submit to conviction?

Psalm 38:18 "For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin."