The old saying “God helps those who helps themselves” while many believe comes from a reference in the Bible actually comes from an old Greek fable called “Hercules and the Wagoneer” written by Aesop. The basic of the fable was that a man had gotten his cart stuck in the mud and when He knelt down to pray Hercules appeared and told him to get up and put his shoulder to the wheel. It ended with the moral being the famous saying “The God’s help those who help themselves”.
I believe that the life lesson that is taught by the God helps those who helps themselves motto, is to show that if you are lazy, lack initiative or are unwilling to work to help yourself, then how is God suppose to help you. So in terms of simplicity, it would be like saying “God does not help the hopeless, He only helps those who are able to do things in their own strength”.
While I agree with this saying only in the aspect that we are not to be lazy and rely only on empty words to God to get us out of situations or deliver us from trials while sitting back idle, I believe that the Bible speaks a message that is the complete opposite of this famous saying. In fact we know that according to the Word of God that we were all hopeless and lost because of our sin, but God sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we could have hope and eternal life with Him.
Ephesians 2:5 “ that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.”
Ephesians 2:12 “In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.”
John 3:16 -” For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.”
God also tells us that He helps those who helps others whether it be the poor, rich, unsaved or saved. God is a God of love and therefore is willing to help and desires to help all those who come to Him seeking help and refuge.
Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed”
Acts 20:35 “And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Just remember that while the old saying God helps those who help themselves does have some truthful aspects about it that it is not found in the Bible nor is it the way that God sees us or describes His willingness to help us in our times of need.