Proverbs 3:1-12 reveals the five blessings that will come to pass when you place God at the center of your life. This passage speaks to the biblical principle of conditional blessings which is, in short: you do your part and God will do his.
The Proverbs 3:1-12 passage declares that God’s blessings will come when you do the following:
Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands … Let love and faithfulness never leave you … Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him … fear the Lord and shun evil … Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.
Do these things: obedience, love, faithfulness, trust, respect, and honor; and the following Proverbs 3 blessings (i.e., conditional blessings) will be yours.
God “will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” (Proverbs 3:2)
Prosperity in this verse is the Hebrew word shalom meaning peace, health, and tranquility. God will reward your obedience with a shalom life, which is a long and peaceful life.
Shalom is the fruit of your new life in Jesus Christ who is described in Isaiah 9:6 as “Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
“You will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:4)
Doing things God’s way will improve your relationships with others. You will win favor and a good name.
God “will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)
God knows the right paths to get you to the right places at the right time. Remaining faithful to him will keep you on course to a better life.
“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:8)
The word “body” is translated from the Hebrew word meaning navel, as in a newborn baby’s umbilical cord. Honoring God with your body will improve your health and well-being. Look to God for your spiritual nourishment.
“Your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:10)
Give back to God. But don’t give to get—give to honor your Giver. Barns and vats are material possessions. God can fill them to the brim and make them overflow, not to your glory but to his.
Finally, what do you do if the blessings of Proverbs 3:1-10 seem to be passing you by? God’s answer is revealed in Proverbs 3:11-12 which says, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” To be disciplined by God is to be loved by God.
You do your part–obedience, love, faithfulness, honor– and God will do his.