We all heard the phrase:
"God helps those who help themselves"
There is no Biblical Book of Hezekiah.
This quotation that many insist is in the Bible but in fact is
We must learn to be aware of
something that may sound good but it's
phrase "God helps those who help themselves" is used to
people for self-help.
those who help themselves” belief says that it is up to us
determine our destiny, and that God is merely our
not our foundation.”
The phrase is often mistaken as a scriptural quote, even
is not stated in the Bible.
The Bible teaches the opposite. God helps the helpless!
"For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the
in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the
It originated about 400
years prior to Jesus in Aesop’s Fables, in the
story of Hercules and the Wagoner.
The wagoner’s heavy load leads him to distress because he
stuck in the mud.
So the wagoner cries out to Hercules for help. Hercules told
“Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.
The gods help them that help themselves.”
Benjamin Franklin used this slogan in his publication
'Poor Richard’s Almanac'.
He didn’t believe in a personal God who is
actively involved in the affairs
of people, but rather in a God who set the world in motion
at a distance while we fend for ourselves.
Ben Franklin was a deist.
'A deist is one who believes that while a supreme being did
the universe, that supreme being does not involve itself in
Therefore, miracles and special revelation
(such as healing, prophecy, the virgin birth &
resurrection of Jesus,
and the inspiration of the Scriptures) don’t actually
Franklin, it has become part of the American
custom ever since.
The idea that
God helps those who help themselves does not
the truth of the Bible.
"He who trusts in his own
heart is a fool, But whoever walks
wisely will be delivered."
Throughout the Bible we're taught to put our trust
in the Lord and wait
for his deliverance. So, to help ourselves gives the idea of
self power and contradicts our own inability or
about people who seem incapable of helping themselves.
Who seem, for any number of reasons, helpless to get out of
What about someone trapped in circumstances that have gotten
out of control? Will God help them?
Psalm 18: Is about deliverance in the time of need.
Does God say, "Well you got yourself there and you’ll have
how to get yourself out?" No, God reached down from on high.
It says “God delivered me from my strong enemy.”
Think about that wording. "God delivered me." Delivered.
Picture a UPS driver delivering a package:
Does the driver get help from the package?
Does the driver only deliver those packages that help
If God delivered you then you were passive in that rescue.
God delivered you because you couldn’t.
In John 8,
Jesus comes to a woman accused of adultery, the
Pharisees, stones in hand, are ready to convict her and
her according to the law.
She was helpless, defenseless before the law, but Jesus helped
her even when, especially when, she couldn’t help
There are many instances where Jesus
served or healed someone
would be evidence of God helping those who can't
"And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was
with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not
"But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they
about her at once. So He came and took her by the
hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her.
And she served them."
God provides for those who are helpless and needy.
The message of our faith is that God helps
those who can not
Paul writes in Romans that while we were still sinners
Christ died for us.
Not when we had gotten our act together, or when we
the first step and God was sure we were really trying.
God looks on those who are most helpless and has mercy
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh
Whose heart departs from the Lord."
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope
is the Lord."
"Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that
we should not
trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead,
who delivered us
from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom
we trust that
He will still deliver us,"
2 Corinthians 1:9-10
Yes, a truly living faith in God
is accompanied by good works
(James 2:26), but nowhere in Scripture does
the Lord suggest
that we must first help ourselves through such good
works in order to earn His favor.
There are times when we can
help ourselves, and we should.
God is counting on us to do the best we can; to pray and to
If you are able to do something, and you
ask the Lord for help, don't
be lazy and expect God to do all the work
If you want a job, then put together a resume, get out there
applying for jobs, don’t just hang out at home, pray for a
then hope the phone will ring with a job offer.
In John 21:6, Jesus promised the disciples a
great harvest of fish,
once they threw the net into the water.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:10 admonished that the church
give aid to those who can work but refuse to.
"The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the
the diligent shall be made rich."
"The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will
be put to
So the next time you hear someone
say “God helps those who
help themselves,” remember what the Bible says instead:
God helps those who can’t help themselves.
God says, “I love you
and will not abandon you. Put your trust in me.
Together we can make this right.”
This is the message from God that we find over and over
“I am here,” says God. “You matter to me. Your life has
Nothing, no matter what you may have done or been unable to
can separate you from my love.” Jesus says,
"Ask and it will be given to you, everyone who asks