‘God helps those who help themselves’ – Biblical??

Many time I have heard the expression, ‘God helps those who help themselve’. I have also heard many theologically adept people say ‘that quote is not in the Bible’. The question is, how sound is the expression? God is in charge of all things but are we not obligated to do the best we can? It seems to me even though God controls all He still wants us to take responsibility for not only are actions but our thoughts (Romans 12:1&2). I’m not sure that in some circumstances ‘God does help those who help themselves’.

OK in salvation it is all the prompting of the Holy Spirit through the Salvific work of Jesus. It is totally dependent on God’s work not our work. But when it comes to other areas of life, are we not commanded to do all we can in many areas in life? For example, when looking for a job, don’t we have to send out resumes or talk to potential employers?? We shouldn’t sit around and ask God to give us a job while we don’t lift a finger to help ourselves.

I think the expression is not a quote from the Bible, but the concept and the idea surely is there.


Dependence on God

It seems interesting to that in the ‘old days’ of the USA we were trained to be self-sufficient and independent.  We are told to think for ourselves and ‘pick yourself by your own bootstraps’, and need noone do everything by yourself.  We are told that it is weak to ask for help (especially guys needing driving directions or reading assembly manuals).  Rugged individualism and the pioneer spirit were hailed as the best model for all people.

BUT is this Biblical??  It seems to me God wants us to not just go to him for help but be totally dependent on Him.  It’s wrong live ‘ when all else fails, pray’.  God wants us to live a life so dependent on him that we are constantly speaking to him for guidance and input.  He wants us to be in constant communication with him, so all actions and thoughts are filtered through the grid of God’s word and promises.

God does not want us to be independent but totatlly dependent on him.