The story about the city of Tyre is fascinating. It was a mighty sea power, a center of trade. But it also took advantage of others by dealing unjustly. In the midst of their prosperity they became proud. And pride always goes before a fall. Ezekiel prophesied about the downfall of Tyre in his book, chapters 26-28.
The old city of Tyre was on the mainland. For greater protection against enemy attack they built a new island city. From there they plied their trade unafraid, because they were a navy power. Through Ezekiel God predicted their demise. And God kept his word of Judgment against Tyre. The vivid description in chapter 26 has been fulfilled in such meticulous detail that this prophecy is one of the strongest confirmations for the trustworthiness of the Bible.
As you read, note how many similarities there are to prosperous western nations of our own day. They ply their trade with great skill, but to protect their bottom line they’re willing to deal unjustly. And they’re proud as peacocks over their success. Beware! What happened to Tyre could be just around the corner. That’s true for nations, and it’s also true for individuals.
If you are fortunate enough to live in a safe place, and are enjoying success in the choices you’ve made, take care that you give God thanks and the glory. Then seek to share your good fortune with others. Beware of looking down on others, or worse yet, of taking advantage of others to maintain your own prosperity.