"So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands." (Psalm 78:72)
Self-reliance is good...as far as it goes. But that's the trouble; it only goes so far. After awhile it gets way out of its depth. We tried to teach our children to be self-reliant, so that when the time came, they would be able to make their own way. But there are some things better left to the professionals. And when it comes to the disposition of our future, it would only stand to reason that the Originator of all life is infinitely more capable.
For one thing, when you and I feel that the sole responsibility for our welfare and our decisions rests with us, we are tempted to use any means available—biblical or otherwise—to chart a course that gets us where we think we need to be. Any professing Christian who tries to set the course of his or he own life, without the expertise of the only One able to see around the next bend, is always working under the handicap of shortsightedness. He who set the planets in orbit is willing and able to prepare the path ahead for us, as well.
All of our own innate abilities, which God so often uses, must be constantly under His supervision and standards, so that when we suddenly find ourselves out our depth, we can refer to our Guidebook (the Bible) and confer with our personal Planner (the Holy Spirit.) Frankly, I trust the integrity of God's heart more than my own; and I would much rather rely on the skillfulness of His hands than mine. Better if He's in charge, don't you think?
When heart and hands work together, success is sure...but only if the heart and hands belong to God.