If you reached the point of exhaustion and can’t sleep, you need today’s show. We’ll look closely at the old saying, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” Because if that’s true, then how much do we need to rely on our own strength and how much should we turn over to God?
Life is busy, you love it that way and so do I! It keeps us on our toes. But sometimes things just get TOO busy. Sometimes the old brain just won’t shut off, and sleep seems like it will never. Ever. Come. It’s time to look outside of yourself for a source of strength. In 1 Chronicles we are told to “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” (1 Chronicles 16:11 King James Version (KJV)) But no matter how many times we tell ourselves that, we still think we have to do it all ourselves. Just like in that old saying “The Lord helps them who helps themselves”? I’ve heard that all my life, and even used it a few time myself in the past, but I won’t be saying it anymore….
I assumed it was from the Bible; it sounds like something out of Proverbs, doesn’t it? In fact, the Bible says just the opposite. Proverbs says, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” (Proverbs 28:26, New International Version, NIV)
God wants us to trust in him, to rely on Him, and on His wisdom; He wants to carry all of our burdens, all we have to do is ask Him to come into our lives and give our troubles over to Him.
In Psalms 46 God tells us to listen to him in the stillness but it’s easy to let our egos think that maybe this time God wants us to handle it on our own. That’s like trying to replace the infinite peace of the universe on a starlit night with the white noise of a sound machine on your bedroom nightstand. With that white-noise machine there’s no communication going either way: the noise just cancels out our thought. To listen to what God wants to say to us, we have to hear His words in the stillness, and that’s when we know that
He is God; we are not.
So next time you hear that saying “God helps those who help themselves,” you can remember that you know the truth: God helps those who cannot help themselves, and that includes all of us.
Scriptures of Comfort and Strength:
1Peter 5:6-7 King James Version, KJV;Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV);
More comforting scriptures read in today’s meditation are following, from the King James Version: Psalm 18:1-3 ; Isaiah 12:1-2; 40:28-31; and 41: 9-10
In 2 Samuel 22:31-33 New International Version (NIV) we learn about the perfect strength and love and the ways of God…
Returning to Psalms we hear verses that give us strength and courage throughout whatever disaster or calamity that comes to our lives: Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14 (KJV) and more can be found here; Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11 (KJV).
You can be comforted from the words of the 23 Psalm, KJV; The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake….
Finally, Jesus gives us words that give encouragement, comfort, and peace in the following verses; John 14:1-3, 16-18, 26-27 (KJV)
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