“God helps those who help themselves.” This isn’t in the Bible. Ben Franklin slightly altered an Englishman’s statement and put it into Poor Richards Almanac. Yet people quote it as if it were Scripture. Perhaps this is partly what makes us so wary of accepting help.
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Pride is what keeps us from doing it. I have some trouble walking and often resent having to ask for help. My wife says that this is a male trait (yet I have witnessed it in men and women.)
While we should pull our own weight as much as we can, it is no moral weakness to get help. The Fellowship of Believers is created by God, in part, as a mutual support system. In our churches are people skilled at many things. If we put them all together there is a virtual encyclopedia of help.
Where my skills are limited, I’ve learned to get help. I’ve even found that people come to me for help in areas where I have strengths. We call on God for spiritual sustenance. The Church is created for mutual support in spiritual and daily physical ways. You and I are part of the helping team as well as recipients.
Let’s take a look at what Scripture does say.
(God) comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:4