A truer phrase is “God helps those who cannot help themselves.” This phrase is more biblical, you won’t find it exactly word for word like this, but there is Bible verses that mean such things. 2 verses that show this are:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
- Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)
Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in[a] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.
- Romans 4:4–5 (ESV)
Instead of giving yourself an unachievable goal (based on statistics), how about you give yourself one word to pray for and focus on over this next year. A few that I have heard is money, maybe you need to get in control of your finances or debt situation. Maybe faith, because you are lacking in faith of God and you need to get back on track for that.
For me, the one word I am going to focus and pray about is health. Why health? Well, for a multiple of reasons. For one, I need to work on getting myself healthier physically. Just doing it all as a hole and to stop making excuses. Secondly, I got to make sure all of my relationships are healthy relationships.
But getting back to David and Goliath, we can use this as an example of trusting God with everything. Even if you do make a New Year’s resolution, make sure you pray about it. I mean, it is not just going to happen magically with you sitting on your butt and doing nothing, you are still going to have to get up and work at your goal. And just because you fail at it once, does not mean you can’t get back up and try again.