““Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you.” (Deuteronomy 9:4, ESV)
When Israel was uniquely blessed with God’s presence and protection, God made something clear: The special people of God were special for one reason: God made them special.
The people of God have never earned their status, they've always been welfare recipients. The people of God have never deserved their blessings, they've always received handouts.
So what’s that mean for today?
I can’t live my life as someone who deserves it, I live my life as one who is grateful for it. I can’t resent the needy, because I myself am one of them.
It’s hard to be full of yourself when you've received the grace of God.