“God Only Helps Those Who Help Themselves”
It sounds good, it really does. The problem with this statement is that it is completely unbiblical. To be completely honest it is borderline heresy. I want you to think about this statement for a moment. It really does not even make any sense. If I could help myself then I would not need help from anyone else. The fact is that God actually helps those who cannot help themselves. It is sad how humanistic our mentality has become even among our evangelical believers. I do believe that I would bring God and his Word an injustice by saying that He will only help those who cannot help themselves. Let me explain some biblical principles that will bust this myth.
- James 4:6 “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” Pride does not want help. Pride says “I got this.” God will resist this kind of attitude. He gives grace to those who humble themselves. Basically, God does not help those who help themselves, He actually gives grace to those that approach him completely helpless.
- Luke 10:30-37 gives the narrative of the fallen man in the ditch and the Good Samaritan. When reading this passage we discover the fact that the man in the ditch was completely helpless. He could not even climb out of the ditch. The Samaritan went all the way and met him right where he was. That is exactly what Jesus does. We have no way of climbing out of our sinful condition. We cannot meet Jesus halfway. Thankfully we do not have to meet him halfway. He comes to where we are and helps us in our helpless condition.
- 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 teaches us that God chooses the ignorant, impotent, insufficient, and even the invisible things to confound the wise. He does this so that no flesh will glory in his presence (verse 29). God shows us that He wants to use those that are helpless. Why? Because he does not want anything to be done in our own strength but his strength.
This really bothers some people when you start to realize God only helps the helpless. God wants to remove us from the scenario and display His strength and glory through us. Personally, I am glad God will help me when I am helpless. God wants all the glory. Therefore, we have to come to the end of ourselves, and that is when God will take over.