He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.- Proverbs 28:25-26 (ESV)
Suppose you took your car into the repair shop and after explaining the problem you were experiencing with your vehicle, you were told by the mechanic, “These newer cars can be kinda tricky. I don’t know if I can fix that problem, but I’ll drop your engine, rip open your transmission and have a look.” My guess is you would find another mechanic.
Same with a surgeon. “I don’t know if I’m up to doing that operation. This takes someone who really knows what their doing. But hey I’ll give it a try!” Those are not the words you want to hear when you go under the knife.
Self-confidence and arrogance are different. In both of the previous situations, I want someone who has the self-confidence to handle a difficult task. But arrogance is another story.
You’ve probably been around arrogant people. People who think they they knew it all or worse, they love to let everyone know they knew it all. Always complaining or criticizing and at the same time, rarely offering to help accomplish something unless it was done their way. Nobody wants to be around that kind of strife. The next verse says how an individual who trusts in his own heart is a fool. Strong warning about being so self-reliant where one can’t see any way but their way in a situation.
I wonder however, if this is easier to see in others than ourselves. Is it possible that complaining about “how things need to be done ‘round here” comes off to others as arrogance as opposed to helpful critic?
In contrast to the person with a prideful heart, is the person who trusts in the LORD. That person is said to be prospered followed by the idea of the person who walks wisely being delivered. What exactly does this mean in context?
The person who trusts in the LORD is the person who knows they do not have all the answers. They understand they don’t know all the “why’s” but they are still trusting God for the result. This same person walks in the wisdom of the LORD which implies submission and surrender to His direction. The wise person knows it’s God’s will that one must follow, not our own feelings.
The prideful demands their rights, their way and they demand recognition. The person trusting God submits his daily walk, his regular tasks to God’s direction and will. It’s not about me, it’s all about Him.
Like many of these Proverbs, this isn’t always easy to follow. However, over the long term, if one operates this way and makes submission to God their number one goal, they will find God’s prosperity and deliverance.