“God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

On June 23, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 121.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Many people, a lot of them Christian, believe that the Bible says “God helps those who help themselves,” but alas, ‘tis not so. It’s not found in Scripture, although some might argue it ought to be.

The saying sounds like good, old-time Methodist religion. We affirm that while what a person believes is important, what they actually do is where the rubber hits the road. We are doers. One of my favorite expressions is “working in partnership with God.” This is the way we are called to live.

One of the Greek words for Holy Spirit is “Paraklete,” which describes one who comes alongside us to help carry the load. This being the case, we are still tasked with carrying our part. You might say we carry what we can. We do our part. We help and God comes along to help us.

Let’s think about this together on Sunday. Does God help those who help themselves? What about those who are unable to help themselves?