First of all, some think it comes from the Bible.
It does not.
Some think we need to help God in order to save ourselves.
We do not.
Some think that this phrase gives them an option that if God won’t get going we should do it for Him.
It does not.
If you believe an almighty God needs your help, He doesn’t.
In fact, if you can accomplish a tremendous feat or overcome a tremendous challenge on your own, you are to be complimented, but, it was a human size challenge, not a God size challenge.
But what if you have no good option? Then that is a God size challenge.
Case in point.
Let’s say you have leprosy and will die eventually from the disease.
And tomorrow you will be faced with such a famine that you will die even sooner.
If you stay where you are, you will die.
If you go to the enemies encampment to try and save yourself, you will die.
If you stay, you die. If you go, you die.
Now that is a God size challenge.
You can find this scenario in the Bible.
Google “Bible – Four lepers.”
These same four lepers then said to themselves, “why sit here til we die?”
A question and also a declarative proclamation that they had to do something, but what.
The available options were so limited and their ability to overcome so hopeless that they decided to go to the enemies camp to face death there.
Long story short.
The four terminally ill lepers end up saving their own people because when they arrive at the enemies camp the enemy was gone because God had caused the opposing army to believe an even larger military force was upon them and they scattered leaving all food and possessions behind.
Life at times presents us with no good options, no easy way out.
We, like the lepers, start weighing out what we should do and how we should move, either backward or forward.
Any of these might have dangerous or horrible consequences.
Someone inevitably will say, “The Lord helps those who help themselves”, which is not accurate.
The Lord helps those who are small enough in their own eyes to see that His plan, if we wait for it, is better than any other plan we can manipulate through our own strength.
Allow God time and room to be God.
His time table does not work like ours.
What we think should take place in four hours He at times allows to take place over four hundred years.
Waiting on God to move is at times scary and can be frustrating for anyone.
The Bible says, “do not fear”, and “wait on the Lord”, multiple times for a reason.
It is at these times that we ask, “why sit here til we die?”
When you have exhausted all human potential and you know that by staying at the place you find yourself you will surely die, physically, emotionally or spiritually, it is then time to move.
When God directs you to get up and get out, the option He picks for you will most likely be the least likely option you would have picked for yourself.
The least likely option from God will be the most likely and safest option for you and your outcome.
In your current circumstance, if you feel like a leper and the best option you have, is to die, then…you might want to memorize a quote that a friend sent to me last week.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom