Many time I have heard the expression, ‘God helps those who help themselve’. I have also heard many theologically adept people say ‘that quote is not in the Bible’. The question is, how sound is the expression? God is in charge of all things but are we not obligated to do the best we can? It seems to me even though God controls all He still wants us to take responsibility for not only are actions but our thoughts (Romans 12:1&2). I’m not sure that in some circumstances ‘God does help those who help themselves’.
OK in salvation it is all the prompting of the Holy Spirit through the Salvific work of Jesus. It is totally dependent on God’s work not our work. But when it comes to other areas of life, are we not commanded to do all we can in many areas in life? For example, when looking for a job, don’t we have to send out resumes or talk to potential employers?? We shouldn’t sit around and ask God to give us a job while we don’t lift a finger to help ourselves.
I think the expression is not a quote from the Bible, but the concept and the idea surely is there.