My wife and I recently planned a trip to Colorado as part of our vacation. Our plan was to fly to Denver and rent a car to drive across the mountains to our son’s home. We purchased plane tickets plenty early and subsequently went about the car rental. To our surprise, car rentals in Denver are very expensive in July. We learned that the demand is high driving the prices up.
We call this the law of supply and demand. Supply and demand typically have an inverse relationship. Supply high and demand low normally drop prices. Demand high and supply low raise the price. The personal benefit is determined entirely on which side of this equation you find yourself. As consumers, we experience this every day at the gas pump and grocery store.
I was wondering if this economic principle has any validity in our relationship with God. Since God owns everything and can do anything he so chooses, we can say that His supply is very big. Unlike gasoline or oranges from Florida, God’s supply does not vary. It is constant and always enough.
In this equation, we are the consumers. But being a consumer does not mean that we have high demand. Actually, for most of us, our demand from or our perceived need of God is quite low. As such we don’t look to God for much and we don’t receive much from God. And all through this, God’s price tag does not change.
I am a believer in the adage that you get what you pay for. I shy away from the cheapest and look for quality. You may do the same. Now if quality means something that lasts, we should value eternal life.
Since only God can offer eternal life and eternal life is well . . . eternal, and there is no legitimate competitor, one would think the price would be high. We all want it and we all need it and only God can supply it. But is the cost high or is it low?
The answer is in scripture. Look up the following Bible verses and conclude for yourself.
Romans 5:8, John 3:16, 1 Peter 1:17-19