“All the men of Israel, when they saw [Goliath], fled from him and were much afraid” (1 Samuel 17).
David ran from Goliath. I was shocked when I realized that before David faced the giant, David was among the Israeli army that tucked tails, turned, and ran. Back in the huddle, young David inquired about what would be done for the man who defeated the giant. Here’s what he learned: “the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in Israel.” Then, and only then, David returned to face Goliath. The rest is history.
Financial giants loom large for many families. Faith in God is part of the equation for overcoming financial obstacles, however, the story of David and Goliath teaches an unlikely truth—David’s faith in God was not the only impetus for him facing the formidable foe. It was his foundation, but not his catalyst. When David understood what was at stake for his family, David found his why. Defeating the giant meant financial freedom for his family; it elicited respect and honor for his household. It also meant defending God’s honor.
Perhaps you’ve tried every financial trick in the book. Maybe you’ve even been burned by health and wealth promises from churches. There’s no shortcut to financial freedom, but know this—unless you find your why, you’re likely to not achieve your financial goals. If your why is strong enough, you’re more likely to endure whatever comes your way.
This week, consider why you want to become financially free. Pray about it. Wrestle with it. Invite God into it, and set your face toward the future. Let your why be your guide.