The Bible never even hints that ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ Never. That idiom is from an Ancient Greek tragedy. Instead, the Bible is emphatic that when we get into trouble, we are to call on Him. There’s a holy dynamic in our relationship with Him. Our great need in the midst of troubles and trials is a necessary condition for God to reveal His mercy, power, and great provision. If we had no need, we would never know of God’s unlimitless supply. If we had no hurt, we would never know of His healing and comfort. Desperation puts us in the position to see the merciful God who saves and restores. Our need highlights who He is – our Redeemer and Rescuer. The Bible never implies – not even once – that He will not respond to His children. Charles Spurgeon said, ‘Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.’ – from Worship the King devotional for October 13 by Chris Tiegreen


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