The Israelites had been nomads, then slaves and refugees. But now, finally, they were about to enter the promised land. But success had its dangers. The Dueteronomist was well aware of the risks of the good life. Without humility and gratitude, the spiritual life collapses into faux self sufficiency. They are warned “Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…(Duet 8:11-14).