One of my professors in college used to always remind us; you're not God's last hope. He has more up His sleeve than just you. God tells the Israelites, keep my commands. Do what you're supposed to do. Worship me. Serve me. Do what is right. Stay humble. And you'll be ok.
But, if the people began to get too proud or think all these blessing were because they deserved them, trouble awaits. If they depart from God and begin serving other things other gods, trouble is coming. And, were did trouble start? When they became too proud; when they turned from God.
Let us never become too proud; let us always remember that is starts with Him. And let us remember to stay humble in His presence and thank Him for all He has done and is doing.
New Testament Lesson
James reminds us that fact; every good gift is from above. Every good thing is a gift from God we should be thankful over it. And then he tells us what the true expression of thankfulness; the true expression of religion, what it should be — serving others. Taking care of those in need. Helping those that need to be helped.
Jesus told us - Love God and Love Neighbor. Our love for God is seen in how we love our neighbor. James today reminds us that truest expression of religion and of love for God is how we love and serve those most in need.
Jesus tells us today to be persistent in prayer. Keep praying. Pray, pray, pray. And He says that if we who are sinful long to give good things to our children, how much more will our perfect Father give to His children all that they need. As we shower our kids with love, so does our perfect Father. Today, and always turn to Him in prayer in your moment of need. And He will be there.