How many times have we heard this saying: God helps those who help themselves? How many of us have come to believe that this is an actual quote from the Holy Bible? The truth is, it is not a scripture and it is no where to be found in the Bible. It is acutally contrary to Biblical teaching.
The quote orginated in the 1700's by none other than Benjamin Franklin. His thinking was somewhat on the humanistic side, that we will succeed on our own if we put out the effort. Perhaps with a little back up from God.
The Bible teaches that God's grace and mercy is extended because we can't help ourselves. It states that true religion is to help the orphan and widow (James 1:27). Who could be less capable of helping themselves than the orphan and the widow? The Bible also speaks of helping the down and out (Matthew 25:34-40).
Some may ask about 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (...."If a man will not work, he shall not eat." NIV). This is totally unrelated to helping. This is a direct reference to laziness.
There is much that can be said about this. If you have something to add, or a pertinent comment, please share. If you believe this quote is in the Bible and can give me a scripture reference, please do so.
God Bless, Dr. Bobbi