There’s a big difference when you push yourself than when God pulls you. Let’s see the power of pull.
Let’s remember the story of Elisha:
Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The LORD’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.” Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”
— 2 Kings 13:15-19 NIV
One thing you should have clear by now is that the power of God is not in your own effort.
The power of pull
Here is a way to understand the difference:
Suppose you have the arrow and the bow. Your effort will be like trying to through the arrow only by pushing it. But the power of God is like pulling the arrow. You will notice that by pulling the arrow it will get further away.
Also in that analogy notice that we still have some work to do on both. The difference is on how far you want to get.
I will use another reference because I want lo leave this idea very clear.
In a modern world think of the most advanced weapon. Your effort is like having that weapon but not knowing how to use it. While the power of God is like having that weapon and knowing perfectly how to use it.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
— 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV
Maybe you had been pushing and pushing. Now you’re tired of such short outcome. That’s why God is now trying to teach you the power of pull which will make the whole difference.
Push is like motivation because it’s an external influence. Pull is like inspiration because it comes from the inside.
Therefore, motivation will push you through the day but inspiration will guide you through your life.
This power of pull comes with pressure.
Notice that the pulling works when the arrow is in the right position. So, when God takes you to special places and special situations is because there’s a purpose with it.
So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”
— 1 Kings 19:19-20 NIV
Many of us weren’t looking for God but yet He had some special plans prepared for us. And Bless the Lord that He has.
God will never push you, He will pull you.
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