(Proverbs 2:7 KJV) He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
I noticed today the different words that are used about God’s protection of His people. In this verse we have the “buckler” (shield NASB) (4043). Here it is a noun but it can also be a verb. As you read through the chapter you find other concepts: Guard, preserve, deliver. This is an important reminder. If you look at the headlines you will find that the world is coming apart around you. Not only do you have violent crime and corruption in government but also hurricanes, typhoons and earthquakes. And don’t forget wasps and scorpions.
What is a person to do? At one level use common sense. Keep some food and water on hand. Lock your doors. Vote responsibly. Count your change. You can read about those on all the on-line sites about preparing. Proverbs takes it to a new level. Be “righteous” (upright NASB) (3477). Walk “uprightly” (in integrity NASB) (8537). You see, those are the conditions that activate providence.
So? It is not a matter of God helping those who help themselves. It is a matter of God helping those who trust and obey.