GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELPS THEMSELVES
God will help only those who are willing to help themselves. In other words, we should put in our own effort in all our activities in addition to our prayers. If we get into a dangerous situation and do nothing believing that God will miraculously get us out of it, we will be frustrated. In fact, miracles rarely happen.
Once a man believed that “God will help him in times of trouble got drowned”. While drowning he found a branch of a tree on the bank and a log floating nearby. He could have caught hold of it and kept himself afloat. But he did not do so.
Later, a man with a boat came to him and asked him to get into the boat. But the drowning man refused the offer saying that God would help him. He dead and was taken to heaven. When his soul met God in heaven he complained to God that inspite of being a firm believer God did not help him. God smiled and asked the man, “Who said I didn’t help you? I tried to help you thrice by offering you the branch, the log and the boat. But you refused it all. What else could I do than let you down, my good man?” Although this is a story, it gives us a moral. It teaches us that believing in God and being inactive doesn’t do us any good. We should try to help ourselves along with our prayers.