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Not in there
It is not in the Bible
"God helps those who cannot help themselves and he helps those who try to help others, but he does not in any beatitude help those who think they can help themselves — an often ungodly and antisocial conception." Bruner
There is a popular saying of arrogant men and women:” God helps those who help themselves.” Nowhere will you find that in the Bible. To help yourself is to indicate that all the credit goes to you and you depend upon your own strength and wisdom. God is just along for the ride. That is arrogant and wrong.
If by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6
Now, you will find it in the Bible DEPEND upon God.
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. Romans 5:16
That does not give you contra blanche to just sit on your lazy buts and expect God to be your slave that every time you snap your fingers, He will give you your every desire either.
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense Proverbs 12:11
Are you having problems in your marriage? Don’t just sit there and whine for God to help you, take action. Go to a marriage councilor; listen to programs like focus on the family. It is THEN that God will help you.
Canada the government will pay for it while you are on unemployment, check to see what programs are available to you. Do volunteer work many times that is where you will meet contacts, by Gods grace.
So it is two pronged. Yes depend upon God to guide you, but you too must take action as God guide you.
Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) bless me with Your divine guidance to get the help I need with _______ (fill in the blank). As well my beloved give me the strength to take that first step to take action on Your guidance. I ask this oh loving one in the name of our great Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.