In archery, the archer must draw the arrow backward-placing it under pressure and pulling it into tension-in order to see the arrow fly.
Sometimes God will pull you backward, just to prepare you to fly forward. We see this throughout the Scriptures in the lives of Joseph, David, Daniel, even the Apostle Paul.
The pressure and tension are both needed to fuel your flight; the greater the tension, the greater the velocity. The more “backward“ you feel in that process, the higher you will eventually fly. With God, a backward move is not necessarily negative. He might be testing to see if you can handle a promotion. In fact, you are probably not ready for forward transition until you can pass the test of backward transition. If you can submit to the process of seemingly losing ground, you will be ready to gain so much more.
Today if you are feeling the pressure and tension of being pulled back, get ready to be propelled!
1 Samuel 17:12-20
“Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old. Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.
David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem. For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.” Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed.”
“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”