Bible Question:

Where in the Bible can we find, “God helps those who help themselves?” Inferring that we need to help ourselves and not depend totally on Him to provide our total earthly/human existence?

Bible Answer:

There is no such verse in the Bible. The principle behind the statement does not exist in scripture. Scripture actually says the opposite . . .

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. (NASB) James 4:13-16

Here God says that it is arrogant, boastful and evil to plan your own life without depending on Him. We should never plan to do something without depending on Him. We need to seek His will in our life and follow it. The Word of God provides guidance. How often we ignore God! We need to listen to Him and trust Him.

PassageBasic Idea
Hebrews 10:38Live by faith in God
Galatians 5:25Live by the Spirit and walk by the Spirit
2 Corinthians 5:7 Live by faith not by sight
Yet this does not mean we are to be lazy and just wait around for God to give us a holy zap to give us direction and get us going. God has given us a mind for a reason. Listen to God’s words in 1 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy,

For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. (NASB) 1 Thessalonians 3:11-12

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. (NASB) 1 Timothy 5:8

These passages imply we are to work. We are to feed ourselves and our family, but we are to depend on Him in all that we do.


God wants us to be totally dependent on Him. He wants to us to do His will.