Do not ask God to guide your footsteps… if you’re not willing to move your feet. –Anonymous
God doesn’t do everything for us, because God created us to be able to do things for ourselves. Sure, we can have as much help as we need, but we have to carry our own weight.
God does not make it possible for you to magically pass a test unless you do some serious studying. God doesn’t just point a finger at you and you suddenly lose fat and gain muscle mass without watching your diet and doing some exercise. God doesn’t just plop a car or a fancy house down in front of you without your having to work for it, unless you win the lottery – and even then, you were the one who bought the lottery ticket, not God. And… you probably did something to earn that experience in a past lifetime, or perhaps earlier in this lifetime. Besides, we all know that if you win the lottery and you aren’t used to being responsible with money, you will eventually lose it. How many times has that happened? More than you and I can count.
If you want to buy a new car, you will have to save some money for a down payment and have enough for the monthly payments. If you want to start a business, you will have to work 60 hours a week or more to start. If you want to find the love of your life, you will have to get out there and meet people, and you will have to learn to love yourself, first.
A person is obligated to do all he can for himself, but when his best efforts fail, then he turns the whole bundle to Divine Spirit to see how it can be done the right way. –Harold Klemp, The Spiritual Life, page 106
Notice that the quote says you turn your problems over to Divine Spirit to “see how it can be done the right way,” not to have Divine Spirit do it for you! The folk wisdom is right on: God truly does help those who help themselves. 🙂