I’m sure you’ve heard it, and it may be that you’ve said it: “God helps those who help themselves.” Some people think that came from the Bible. Trust me, that’s not in the Bible! I’m not sure what it is, but I think that we all feel like God is more likely to help us, love us, accept us, and deliver us when we give it our “best shot”, right?
Not only is it not in the Bible, it contradicts the Bible — it’s the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches. So, we make fun of it, then turn around and live by it! Because of the fall, our human tendency is to trust primarily in ourselves and only secondarily, if at all, in the Lord. Thus we are quick to take the credit for any successes that come our way. We may give a passing “thanks” to God for His part, but the primary glory goes to us for all our hard work or genius.
Who does God help, then? Well, God is at work in human history to accomplish His purposes. As we help in doing these things, God will help us succeed. Trust in God's calling on your life for His divine purpose and pleasure. Do the things God has called you to do. And God will help you in those works.
But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him. Psalm 37.39-40