Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5-12The Message (MSG)
5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
Trust and don’t try to figure it out all on your own. It’s pretty good advice. We put our trust in people all the time – the mechanic fixing the brakes on your car, the bus driver, the ______ next to you who doesn’t know how to drive anyway and is still texting at 65 mph in heavy traffic, the street person standing near you, the big dude who just got on the elevator with you, etc.
Yet, when it comes to trusting God, we’d rather trust ourselves. This, even when he has it all figured out already because he made it all. He knows us better than we know ourselves (if in doubt about that, read Galatians 5:19-21). We run to our mechanic when our brakes are going bad, or when it’s time for service. Fortunately, our cars are much lower maintenance than we are. We need to run to God continuously. Yet, we don’t run to him and are satisfied with what we get. It’s like being happy with a car that might start, might run, might stop, when a simple trip to the mechanic will change it all for the better. We’ll go to the mechanic and don’t go to God like we should. The roadmap is there, we just need to pull it out and follow it.
The barns and vats overflowing might or might not be material. Abundant riches will surely be in you – the fruit (singular) of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22). That’s overflowing abundance.
At the end of the day it’s a want vs. need thing. God will correct us and if we want something he doesn’t want us to have, and when that happens, he’s easy to blow off, just like it’s easy to blow off the mechanic. We think we know better, but then there’s the whole don’t lean on your own understanding thing. God knows better. Wants vs. needs – we can’t live on wants, we live on needs. At the end of the day, what we need.is all we need.