Let me ask this question, fill it in with what you believe to be accurate:
God help those who _________________.
a. help themselves
b. trust He desire to help them
c. receives His help
d. needs some help
For some reason, we think that God only helps those that help themselves. I don't know about you, but as a child and young adult that statement was taught, preached and held up as wise words to live by. Just in case you were also, I want you to know it is not anywhere in the bible. There are things in the bible that tell us we must work as if we are working unto the Lord. But that does not imply that we are to run ahead of Him.
We are told that we are to pick up our cross and follow Christ. This implies we are to take the same journey, yoked to Christ. Everywhere we look we should see a place, a perfect situation or space where we can jump right into whatever He is already doing. It is our pride which wants to figure it out apart from him and be see as able "all by ourself", as the toddler would toute. God tells us we CAN do all things through him. He made all things which have been made and without him nothing that has been would exist.
Then there is the topic of knowledge. The simple example above is perfect for understanding the importance of NOT leaning on our own understanding. Proverb: 3:5 is where that comes from:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Matthew 4:4 tells us : Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Which helps us understand that we must trust the Lord to care for and keep our very life. He gives us His word to sustain us AND keep us. His words tell us things such as: before you run out into that traffic, pause for wisdom, wisdom which is truth and will care for you down to the depths of your soul. Where does this come from? The words which proceed out of God's very mouth. The verse I am refering to is from Jeremiah 6:16 Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'
Look at the actions God was pleading for us to follow: stand (at the crossroads) look, ask (someone wise), ask (for truth), walk, find (rest for your soul). But even back in the day pride wanted to "do it all by myself". Tomorrow we will speak more on knowledge.
As for today, just pause and breath. After all God takes care of those who breath :) Is that the correct answer? What is your final answer?
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