It might not mean what you think it means.
Long Story Short-Proverbs 3:5
Proverbs 3:5 - Trusting in the Lord isn’t saying, “I will trust the Lord will make me rich,” or “I will trust that God will make my candidate win,” or “God is going to give me that job I want.” What this verse means is that God is sovereign. He knows what to do. We have to evaluate our intentions when looking at scripture to not let our selfish intentions get in the way of our relationship with Jesus. I feel this nations pain on all sides but trusting God for only personal gain is how we mistake this conversation so often.
Short Story Long
We sing them in songs, write it in wedding cards and they are shared with every confused Christian. We have been studying the past month a series of verses taken out of context. We are looking at the most popular verses throughout history and discovering a deeper meaning behind them. In week 1, we looked at Philippians 4:13, and learned that God is calling us to contentment in all circumstances. We looked at Romans 8:28, and discovered a deeper meaning that provides comfort in knowing that ALL things, including struggle, are working out for God’s glory. Last week, we looked at Jeremiah 29:11, which is a promise to those that God had exiled that He has a plan in the midst of these trials.
Last night we looked at Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
When it comes to trust, we put our lives in the hands of about 2,000 people a day: building inspectors, water treatment specialists, food regulators, drivers, bridge designers, etc. You are trusting right now that the person next to you doesn’t pull out a knife and stab you!
This verse is really difficult to take out of context. So, for this one I want to discover an even deeper meaning of the passage.
Proverb= Hebrew word Mashal means “to be similar to”
Similar to what? The answer should be that we are similar to the character and nature of God. The book of proverbs was written by King Solomon and is a very choppy collection of wise thoughts and doesn’t flow in any sort of context. But, for the context of this passage we need to get some background on who wrote it. The story of Solomon is key to this particular proverb. God asks Solomon to tell Him what he wants. Solomon chose understanding and discernment. God was so pleased with the request that He granted it, along with great riches and power. However, even with this wisdom, in time, Solomon turned away from God and worshipped wealth, temples, and worldly things. He built shrines for his wives and worshipped them.
Solomon was the richest person who ever lived… EVER lived.
Since Solomon turned his back on the Lord, things were taken from him. Out of this we have the book of Proverbs and this verse that comforts us, Proverbs 3:5. This verse is powerful because it was written by someone who experienced having everything he desired.
It holds major weight because Solomon had everything, and it wasn’t enough. Money and materials, relationships, temples, etc., aren’t bad things, except when they are worshipped instead of worshipping God. Solomon felt no need to continue to worship God. After all, he had everything he wanted. Jesus spoke of this in MATTHEW 19:24 “And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”This means that if someone is content in their riches as if they held all of the answers, they might not feel the need to worship God.
There was a man named Charles Blondin. He was a tightrope walker. He walked across Niagara Falls many times. Once, he walked across on stilts; another time he took a chair and a stove with him and sat down midway across, cooked an omelet, and ate it. Another time, he carried his manager across riding piggyback. And once, he pushed a wheelbarrow across loaded with 350 pounds of cement. On another occasion, he asked the cheering spectators if they thought he could push a man across sitting in a wheelbarrow. A mighty roar of approval rose from the crowd. Spying a man cheering loudly, he asked, “Sir, do you think I could safely carry you across in this wheelbarrow?” “Yes, of course.” “Get in,” the Great Blondin replied with a smile.
The man refused.
Do we do the same thing with God? Do we say “I trust you” and then run the other way? It’s like getting in the wheelbarrow. God is calling us to that same kind of faith.Trusting in the Lord isn’t saying, “I will trust the Lord will make me rich,” or “I will trust that I will be with that person eventually because it just seems right,” or “God is going to give me that job I want.” What this verse means is that God is sovereign. He knows what to do.
We tend to rely on our own understanding until God teaches us. We believe things we are told rather than what we have learned.
Why is this verse popular? Because deep down we need and desire something greater than us to get us through the things we can’t understand, and the heartbreaks we go through.What is the one thing that you are chasing that you know is harmful to your walk with Jesus, that you know God wants you to let go of? People will lie to you, and sometimes you want people to lie to you. You want people to say that what you are doing is OK.
We tend to rely on our own understanding until God teaches us. We believe things we feel rather than what we have learned.
John 14:1 - Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
God uses Solomon today to speak this truth into our lives. Solomon is someone who had everything, but still didn’t find contentment in it. He realized that the only contentment worth anything is contentment in God.