Trust in the Lord (Prov. 3:5-12)


5     Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

6     in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths straight.

7     Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil.

8     This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.

9     Honor the Lord with your wealth,

with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10   then your barns will be filled to overflowing,

and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11   My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline

and do not resent his rebuke,

12   because the Lord disciplines those he loves,

as a father the son he delights in.

In this Proverb, the author is all about putting our trust in the Lord and how it benefits us.  We see the importance of trusting in the Lord and not trusting in ourselves (v.5-7).  While we do our best to plan our lives we often run into problems along the way.  Life is generally better when we seek out what God wants for our lives.  We have to fight the urge to be prideful and think we are always right.  We see in verse 8 that if we seek the Lord for what is true then we will be taken care of.  Not only is it important to seek God’s will about our future but we also have to trust him to provide financially (v.9-10).  If we are seeking God and what he wants for us, he will provide abundantly for us.  He will not just meet our needs to exceed them.

Finally, the author ends with a reminder not to be angry at God if he disciplines us.  To be clear, this is not the kind of discipline that is a punishment for doing something wrong.  This is the type of discipline that is done to help teach or train someone.  You can think of a military boot camp.  It can be intense and there is a threat of punishment.  But it is there to help train you and make you strong.  God is doing this out of love and wants us to be strong in his truth.  It will be uncomfortable and tiring but in the end when you are obedient to God it will totally be worth it.  God is going to call us to do things that we may question but in the end, he will get us through it and our testimony of his faithfulness will be powerful.