God helps those who help themselves is one of those goofy sayings… besides being counter to scripture, its absolutely hilarious to consider it was coined by a deist. Ie, deists believe God set things in motion, and then leaves things along… in other words, in the deist view, God isn’t going to help no matter what. If anything, the deist, Ben Franklin sent a whole lot of people down the wrong path
Contrast such with scripture.
Proverbs 28:26 “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,But he who walks wisely will be delivered”
Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD.”
Romans 5: 6-8 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Or in this upcoming Sunday’s lectionary Luke 16:19-31, paraphrased by one of @jbonewalds followers… Mr “God Helps” starved to death at a rich mans gate. (Lazarus=”God Helps”)
Granted, we aren’t supposed to sit back, blow off God and our neighbors… but God’s love for us is not predicated on what we do, or dont do.