Despite conventional thinking, the concept that God helps those who help themselves isn’t a biblical one. In fact, it’s really the opposite of what the Bible teaches. Rather, the Bible teaches that God commands us to do the impossible, to become what we can’t, and then equips us by his grace and power to do and become what he expects.
The Bible’s line is that God helps those who can’t help themselves–that God helps those who seek his help. No matter how hard we try, there are just some things we can’t do without God. But as we lean onto the work of God’s Spirit, not on our best efforts, God works in and through us.
This is no small difference in thinking, and one we need to adjust our minds to it. As disciples of Jesus, we are dependent, not independent.