“Don’t count on God. Okay? Count on us.” “God helps those who help themselves.” These two quotes have been key to Supernatural's season 11, and they play a major role in the episode “All In the Family.” The Winchesters are finally confronted with God under the guise of Chuck---and they have many questions and need many answers. And yet, instead of simply stepping in and fixing everything, God seems far more interested in lounging around the Men of Letter's Bunker. His inaction, on the surface, seems rather out of place and troubling considering the coming annihilation of the universe at his sister's hands. And yet, as we dig into his interactions with Sam and Dean, with the new prophet Donatello, and even with Lucifer, we can see that he has chosen to put his faith in his greatest creation instead. Certainly he'll step in when needed, but he will not merely make it all better. If they are to stop Amara, he'll need the Winchesters to do the heavy lifting. In a way, it's his way of letting his “baby grow up”---and in the long run, humanity just may be better off for it.
Let's first look at how Chuck behaves in this episode and contrast it with his statements.