“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. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. 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.
It is pretty well known that Solomon wrote The Book of Ecclesiastics.
There is much wisdom to be gleaned from this Book, and yet one might wonder if he had gained much joy in the process.
For it seems that a lot of what he wrote concerns not only the cycles of life and in the end, the futility of living.
Truly the pursuit of Wisdom and Knowledge is something that would be an honorable aim for anyone to have as their goal.
And life is to be lived in its fullness, not as something that would drive one to despair because of its endless meaninglessness.
For truly, I believe that there are ‘new things under the sun.’ Every day there are new experiences to be had and perhaps even new people to meet. Yes, everyday there are the normal routines that we all have as we climb out of bed and begin our day.
We can expect the sun to come up and for the night to turn into day before us. We know that the evening shadows will slowly come as the night descends upon us and we retire for bed.
And yet we are told in various scriptures that a time will come when the world will experience greater trials and experiences than have ever happened to mankind.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other,” Matthew 24:29-31.
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of The LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of The LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be ]deliverance, as The LORD has said, Among the remnant whom The LORD calls,” Joel 2:28-32.
So indeed, new things are forthcoming and yet as we look all around us, we should be able to see that our world is surely on its way for the final curtain fall.
The last stage is set and the actors have assembled their places in this scenario.
But the sun and the moon will still take their places in the sky. Morning will come and with it, a new day. We will still go through most of the same activities and walk to the mail box yet again to see has arrived.
We’ll continue to brew our coffee and tea and eat our meals. We’ll hug and kiss our loved ones and say hello and good bye to our friends that we see.
But let us not give into despair that all somehow is meaningless. For we now unlike Solomon the Wise, have the benefit of the indwelling of The Holy Spirit.
Our lives may well have activities that can easily become mundane and monotonous, but every moment of each day still has new experiences and insights to have gained.
It may appear to some that there is nothing new under the sun, but actually there is…..
“Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from The Hand of God,” Ecclesiastes 2:24.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?