Proverbs 3:5-12 (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.
The Psalmist here just nails it on the head. It starts off with talking about our issue of trust by explaining that we can’t assume we have all the answers. I have found that “know-it-alls” are the way they are because of their lack of trust more than anything else. As a father, it kills me when our boys question my advice. Sometimes they reject it because of familiarity, but most of the time it’s because they are convinced that they know more than I do. Our limited knowledge can get in the way of us growing in trust.
Are there moments in your life where you feel like you know more than God? Do you ever feel like He can do things in a better way? I know I’ve felt that way more often than I like to admit. However, the Father really knows how to keep me humble and allows the pains of life to discipline me, and all while He shows me how much I don’t know. So when you feel that way remember this: “It’s the child he loves that God corrects.” His delight is behind all of this. Lean in and learn how to trust.