Thursday, December 4, 2008

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves (NOT!)

Ever heard of the saying "God help those who help themselves"?

Is this saying logical? Often times when we are able to help ourselves, we don't think of asking God to help. We would be diving straight into doing the things that we think we can do to get out of that sticky predicament. It is only after we have exhausted all our efforts that we finally give up and in desperation turn to God for help. After all, why trouble God when we can solve the problem ourselves?

So you see, in actual fact God helps those who cannot help themselves!

Yesterday, I visited Stephanie's blog and I was moved by her honest sharing of her anguish over her husband's seduction by alcohol and women introduced into his life through his boss at work.

What struck me most was how Stephanie turned to God to help her out during this time of distress. Stephanie is a stay-at-home mum with a 7-year old daughter and I can only imagine the helplessness she felt seeing her husband come home drunk several times during the past few weeks.

However, it is exactly when you are feeling most helpless that you have no choice but to cry out to the greatest help you can find - Daddy God. And Daddy God stretches out his hand and lifts you up out of the seemingly hopeless situation.

This was what happened when the Israelites were caught between the Red Sea and the chasing Egyptian army - God opened up the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross over and later closed the Red Sea over the Egyptian army chasing after them.
(Exodus 14)

This was what happened when Judah under King Hezekiah was attacked by the king of Assyria - God sent an angel who killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night which forced the king of Assyria to return to his own country. He was later killed by his own sons while worshipping in the temple of his idol.
(2 Kings 18,19)

This was what happened when Judah under King Jehosaphat was attacked by the Ammonites, Moabites and some of the Meunites - God rescued Judah by causing the enemies to attack and kill off one another.
(2 Chronicles 20)

This was what happened when Sarah was taken into a king's harem - God caused the king to be impotent to protect Sarah's chastity.
(Genesis 20)

This was what happened when Jesus' disciples were in a fishing boat caught in a perfect storm - Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waters and calm was restored.
(Luke 8)

This was what happened when the blind man, Bartimaeus shouted to Jesus,"Son of David, have mercy on me!" - Jesus healed him and he could see.
(Mark 10)

All those people were caught in hopeless situations that they could never resolve with their own efforts but they did the only one thing they could do - they cried out to God for help and God stretched out His hand and rescued them.

So if you are feeling helpless right now, go ahead and cry out to God because God loves to help those who CANNOT help themselves!


Jeffrey said...

Another popular but unbiblical phrase is "do your best and God will do the rest."

It's like saying,"Do what you can in your best effort and leave the rest that you cannot do for Him to do it for you."

Angie said...

Hahaha.. :) actually i see that phrase as "Do what you can and leave the results to God" ;p

Malcolm Loh said...

I used to tell my kids what jeff quoted, before i caught the grace message.

Now i tell them to claim Phil 4:13, ie "I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength to do so".

The key words there are "through Christ" :-D