The fundamental problem economics addresses is that of scarcity-- we have limited resources to satisfy our unlimited wants and needs. But why do we have scarcity? Why do we have unlimited wants and needs? How should we reflect on it as Christians?
Genesis 3:22-23 (NASB): Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.”
In the Garden, man worked without sweat or pain. Food, shelter, life, and God were in abundant supply. Man rejected God’s commands and provision in the Garden, and the result was scarcity became a reality. This is the reason why we struggle to “make ends meet,” why we stress about our grades and job performance, why we struggle to keep from doing things that ultimately harm us. The story would be a depressing tragedy if that’s all there was to it.
But God provided a sacrifice--Jesus-- to atone for our sinfulness. The Living Sacrifice made a promise to those who follow Him: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
Christians have the promise that one day God and all we need will again be in full supply,“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain” (Revelation 21:4). This should encourage us-- the scarcity we study in this class is a temporary thing-- if we are Christians.