"It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks".
When a person turns their will against God's will, they are "kicking against the pricks".
"The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways"
The correction, or "kolassis" of God often falls on the rebel soul by allowance.
"The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them. "And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."' "So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Here we see how the Father allows the child to exercise his will freely, and yet still the end result is the same as if He had controlled the child. The son grows into the image of Christ, wisdom, humility, devotion rise up like a phoenix out of the ashes of his rebellion, repentance found by the allowances of God, who cause all things to work according to the counsel of His will.