Just a simple question which affects a lot. If one needs help does God actually help? I mean, indirectly knowing God gives purpose to one's life. True. But in this life does it actually help? Or, do things depend, here in the physical world, on the physical world. The laws of cause and effect, supply and demand, and input/output seem to rule. Of course there occasionally is help from a person who gives assistance and nothing is asked in return.
But does God himself help here or is the truth closer to when we need help we have to depend on the world. If a person needs help, should he/she expect God to help or just be honest about their situation and receive or not receive help from the world. The helper can still know there is a maker but their help comes from the laws of this world. Whoever donates the help can be kind with or without knowing there is a God.
People use the quote “God helps those who help themselves.” Some say it is biblical. Actually, it's nowhere in the Bible. Its bias is towards this world. What if someone can't figure out something and needs help? Appeals to God can be made. Can he directly alter what happens? Can he give to you the patience you need? Can he give to you subtle signals that lead you to this way or that? Or is thinking this way dangerous?
The laws of the universe work equally whether you know God or not. But this puts people into two camps .What if, even if one is not aware of God, God is still aware of you? If so, this means he is conscious of all of us. We then return to the question, does God have different ways of intervening here or not? Perhaps given a certain amount of suffering and experience we earn some spiritual points and receive help. This would still imply he is active in the real world.
I watched a TV program where a couple of homesteaders were going under and a knowledgeable man and his family offered to help them. Of course it was a TV show. The couple was roughing it and didn't have enough water and food. The helper and his family managed to find a 1000 gallon water container for them, built an underground greenhouse, and then refined some of their hunting skills. The couple was shown how to survive their tough circumstances. This was help from the world offered at no cost. The only unsaid price was that they had to admit they needed help and ask for it. They followed a path on principle that lead them to a dead end and became humbled enough to ask for help. The husband was so thankful tears welled up inside of him. It seemed sincere and real.
This is an example of needing help from the world and receiving it from the world. If the couple had appealed to the above privately and asked for help and assumed the maker would meet their needs would that have happened? We do not know if he did or not. All we know is that help just came because of the laws of the world. He asked for help from the world and received help from the world.
If he went to God, say, and that was his whole emphasis, what would the help have looked like? If he had done so and not publicly appealed for help how would help have come? Would asking the above to provide and assist have been enough or did they still need to plea to the world and have the world answer?