I don’t remember when I first learned about the economic principle of supply and demand, but understanding it has come in handy on more than one occasion.
I borrowed this from the Master of Economics blog in case anyone needs a refresher:
If you understand things better from an illustration, perhaps you remember the 1983 Cabbage Patch craze? If you don’t, ask someone in your life who was old enough and living in the States at the time. It was crazy stuff. Understanding such a principle within the context of some arena where the principle is at play is at least helpful if not essential. I’m guessing you can list a think or two that grew to be worth “too much” because the demand outpaced the supply significantly.
But. But when we try to apply such a principle or model or system to a context where it is not at play, it can cause significant confusion. When apply supply-demand principles to a person’s capacity to love us at a time when they are beginning to love someone new in their life (a child who is soon to have a new sibling is a most common one of these), we can jump to unhelpful, fear-inducing conclusions. We can interpret less time or less attention as less love. Watch the Hallmark channel for a few days and you will surely see this at play.
What happens when we apply supply-demand principles to God’s grace and mercy? God’s justice and holiness? God’s strength and worthiness?