When bad things happen, we all want to know “why?” Our passage today shows us the destruction that has come upon Tyre. While many of us often wonder why bad things might happen, we don’t have to wonder why this bad thing happened to Tyre. We see clearly in verses 8-9:
Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth? The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
God wanted to humble the people of Tyre. These people were stealing the glory that truly belonged to God. And you might be thinking that this was a pretty extreme measure for God to take. Why would he bring such destruction just for a little pride?
This serves as a great reminder for the true consequences of our sin. Romans 6:23 says that what we deserve because of our sin is death. The fact that what happened to Tyre doesn’t happen to us is all because of grace!
Ask yourself today: how do you attempt to rob God the glory that he truly deserves?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate