In the Bible we are taught the virtues of hard work, personal responsibility and accountability. Jesus’ parable about the three servants who were each given talents (money) is a simple illustration that we should be wise and industrious with whatever God gives us.
“God helps those who help themselves.” – Anonymous
I have heard the quote “God helps those who help themselves” more than I can count, and I’m sure your experience is similar. It is usually quoted when someone who seems fully capable of doing something asks someone else to do it for them, or when someone complains about their circumstances of life and gives up trying. Yes, we can improve the circumstances of our lives when we take responsibility and work to help ourselves, but the quote God helps those who help themselves is not Biblical.
According to the Bible, God helps those who put their trust in Him: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7 KJV. And God also helps those who cannot help themselves, through His people:
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?” – Isaiah 58:6-7 KJV
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:27 KJV
There are scores of scriptures that teach us, who are the followers of God, that it is our calling to help those who are unable to help themselves. As one living in New Jersey it has been very encouraging to see the outpouring of support and aid from the countless volunteers and donors from around the country helping those victims of Hurricane Sandy, yes, helping those who at this time are unable to help themselves. I commend those who are living their faith and giving of themselves without wanting anything in return. Yes, God loves a cheerful giver and He is your reward.
There is still much work to be done in the affected areas (Hurricane Sandy Relief), and let’s also remember that the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are upon us. If God has blessed you with the ability to help yourself, then He surely has blessed you with the ability to help those who cannot help themselves. I encourage all of our readers, even if it is a small thing, help someone today.