Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to Heaven.
-William Shakespeare, English playwright - All's Well That Ends Well
I wonder if we really believe or if we want a vending machine in the sky. Do we just want God in our lives when we need something? When there is illness? When there has been a tragedy? Have you ever heard the saying that there aren't any atheists in foxholes? Many who do not believe have not gotten past talking snakes and boats full of animals. Their vision of God is an old man, a killjoy, waiting to zap unsuspecting sinners. Isn't that why Jesus spoke in parables? Those who didn't have the heart for it didn't understand. The history of the Jewish people and Israel speaks volumes.
God does what we cannot do; He strengthens us to do what WE can do for ourselves. We have the remedy within ourselves but it would be a lot easier if God would just zap us and then no worries. How much is our witness hurt by lack of success? Many people in the Scriptures failed many times before they got it right. David in the Old Testament. Peter in the New Testament. Imagine how unbelievers were affected by their failures.
On a more secular note Benjamin Spock, American Pediatrician said "Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." I would say that we know all we need to know in order to get this weight off. If knowledge was all it took, we would all be slim. So what's missing when we aren't successful? If knowledge equals power (I read that somewhere) shouldn't we be on the right track big time?
Overeaters Anonymous uses the term "Higher Power" so that all who come have the freedom to determine what that is for them. I am weak. Where does your strength come from? Who holds the key?