Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nothing New!

9 That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which it may be said,

“ See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.
(Ecclesiastes 1:9-11, New King James Version)

Nothing New!

How can Solomon say there is nothing new under the sun? We see new discoveries being made every day! Do you think this is really what Solomon meant?

I have often puzzled over these words, "nothing new." Times may come and go; discoveries may be made, but what about man? Is man really any different now than 100 years ago, or even 1,000 years ago? Solomon will elaborate more on this as we go through the book of Ecclesiastes. We will find that he had the unique opportunity to test this theory.

What are the predominant traits we see in mankind today? We see desire for wealth, power, and fame as probably the top three goals of men and women in the world, especially in the United States, the land of opportunity. Many people achieve these goals, but are they happier for their success?

Nations fight nations; dictators have free reign in some countries. Does victory bring them a greater peace of mind? I would propose that the more countries they conquer, the more they worry about maintaining what they have. The rich man concerns himself with not only making more money, but he also worries about hanging on to the money he has.

Is this new? Not at all. Ecclesiastes 1:10-11 is very sobering.

10 Is there anything of which it may be said,

“ See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.

Have we learned from the past; do we remember the mistakes of former times? Do children learn from the mistakes of their parents? From the beginning of time, when Adam and Eve lusted after more knowledge, mankind has not been satisfied with his lot in life?

What, then, are we to do? We cannot change our very nature, but God can! Therein lies our hope. Only in Christ will we find peace, joy, and contentment. Amazingly, this contentment has nothing to do with what we do or do not have. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, has always been and always will be the only answer to man's desire for peace and happiness.

Let us pray that we will, through Christ, learn from the mistakes of our forefathers.

God Bless You,
Linda

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