I’ve heard people say, and I’ve been told, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.”
NO, THE LORD DOES NOT. That’s not scriptural, nor is it true. In fact, the opposite is true. The Lord helps those who realize they can not help themselves so they surrender their lives to God. Jesus said it best in Luke 9:23,
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
When we face trials, such as Peter reminds us we inevitably will, don’t we tend to go to the well and say things, such as “I’ll figure something out”, or “I’ll deal with this myself.” We get caught up in our own strengths and abilities. We tell ourselves there’s a solution or relief from our dilemma. “If I work long enough and hard enough I’ll figure out what to do.” (I’m telling on myself here. I’ve done that and said that a lot. Can I get an “Amen” or two?)
Paul says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things [i]through Him who strengthens me.” That does not mean I can do all things. I can not make two and two equal five. I can not play first base for the St. Louis Cardinals.
But I can choose to allow Jesus to do whatever it is I have to do. I can surrender it all to Him and let Him do whatever He wants to do in me, through me and as me to bring glory to the Father.