Proverbs 21:13 – If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered
There is an old saying: “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” I’m sure you’ve heard it said on more than one occasion. However, it begs the question: Where is this found in the Word of God? Turns out it’s difficult to locate because it simply is not there! But what is there, oft repeated though phrased in a myriad of ways, is this: The Lord helps those who help others! It’s an all-American, John Wayne, hard-working, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, one-woman show that embraces an ideology of self-help. Yet as Christians, are we safe to simply accept such ideas and ideals as God’s own? Or do we need to, in prayer, check our beliefs per the Word of God? If the Lord says that I best help myself by helping others, then I need to be all about helping as many as I can as often as I can. The thought of the Lord’s ears being shut to my cries in the way I have so often shut my eyes and ears to the needs of others is both frightening and convicting. And may the Lord, in His infinite mercy, bring me to a point of such great love for my fellow man that I help always and in all ways as an outflow of a grateful heart…giving no thought to what I may receive as a result.
Lord bless you!
~ Jan L. Burt
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