“Tyre has rejoiced over the fall of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Ha! . . . therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.” Ezek 26:2-3
It is never enough. Tyre was a rich prosperous city, a port that was the hub of trade for the whole area. Yet Tyre rejoiced when Jerusalem fell, because she would stand to benefit. Tyre delighted in the misfortune of others. It was like she didn’t want anyone to be prosperous but herself.
It sort of reminds me of the evil queen in the story of Snow White. She looked into the mirror, asking, “Who is the fairest of them all?” And when someone — Snow White — was more beautiful than her, she hated it! She could not be content with the abundant gift of beauty she had been given.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Am I content with who I am, with the talents God has given me, with the way my life has unfolded? I confess that lately I have seen jealousy and envy in my heart. To my shame, I sometimes don’t want to hear about the accomplishments of others. To my shame, if I hear bad news about someone, something in me wants to say, “Aha! I am not the only one to go through misfortune!” To my shame, I can be a glory hog.
It’s all about greed. It’s all about pride. It’s all about a lack of faith, not trusting that God gave me the life I have for a reason.
What irony that Tyre, restless in greed, would have as a consequence other nations coming against her like restless waves.
I looked it up, and historically Tyre was attacked by kingdom after kingdom. In the 500s BC, she was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar for 13 years until she paid a tribute. A king of Cyprus took Tyre in the 370s BC. In 332 BC the city was conquered by Alexander the Great. In 316 BC it was taken again by Alexander’s former general, Antigonus. Later in history it was taken by the Crusaders, and then by the Ottoman Empire. More recently, it has been the site of fighting in conflicts between Israel and Lebanon.
God hates discontentment. It was the seed of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve could not be content with the bounty surrounding them, and their restlessness became their legacy, “When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” (Genesis 4:12)
I am the happiest I have been. But Satan keeps this restless kernel of wanting more chafing at my insides. I don’t even know it is there until jealousy rears its head.
It is time to work on this in my heart. I need to remember that I am but the worst of sinners, so grateful to have been rescued from my slimy pit.
I need to take ownership of the decisions I made in life that led me to the place I am.
I need to remember what a gift each moment is, watching the play of the sacred beauty of God’s creation around me.
I need to delight in the overflowing abundance of the things I have physically, and especially, spiritually.
I need to trust the rhythm of God working in my life, that He is achieving for me an eternal glory, that He is showering His love on me.
I need to consider others more important than myself, and rejoice with them.
Sometimes I have been in a relationship with someone who has great needs. No matter what I do for them, it is never enough. I cannot fill them up. But that is what God does for us. He takes the bottomless pit of our neediness and keeps pouring Himself in. He gave us Christ, His very best, and Christ gave us every bit of what He could give. And Christ still gives, seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding.
I have Christ. It is enough, and I am grateful.
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Chris tand be found in him,” (Phil 3:8-9)
And though I feel unequal to the task of meeting others’ needs, I can be a conduit for the beauty and bounty of God.
See what the end was for Tyre. The description remind me of the United States. May we all learn the pitfalls of greed and pride.
“When your merchandise went out on the seas,
you satisfied many nations;
with your great wealth and your wares
you enriched the kings of the earth.
Now you are shattered by the sea
in the depths of the waters;
your wares and all your company
have gone down with you.” (Ez 27:33-34)