As I spoke to God about a decision I had to make, regarding an opportunity I had been offered. I paused for a moment and thought about it.
There is nothing new under the sun
I heard in my spirit, “There is nothing new under the sun”. What about peoples’ experiences? I heard in my heart, “Everything is the same, it is only the packaging that makes it appear different”.
I felt quite intrigued. I had to reflect on this thought!
So I went into His Word, the Holy Bible, and there it was in the book of Ecclesiastes. Let us pause for a brief moment.
God is so awesome and amazing in His ways, to share a word and reveal His truth so we can see things as He intended, His perspective. AMAZING!!! If you were sitting next to me, you would feel my excitement, and I hope you can, as you read.
Right, where were we?
The book of Ecclesiastes which means 'the Preacher or Teacher' sheds light on what was revealed to my heart.
"All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man." (Ecclesiastes 12:13 AMPC)
This book teaches about the importance of wisdom. The writer shares knowledge with the hope of drawing men into the importance of a relationship with God.
“I set my heart to seek and to investigate with wisdom everything that is done under heaven. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and indeed, all is vanity and like chasing the wind. Now all has been heard. Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 1:13-14; 2: 26, 12: 13-14 (MEV, emphasised)
As I read through the book of Ecclesiastes, I came across this in chapter 1 verse 9 to 11:
“The eye is not satisfied with what it sees, and the ear is not content with what it hears. What has been is the same as what will be, and what has been done is the same as what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a matter where it is said, “See, this is truly new”? Long ago in the past every matter has already been in our midst.”
As I cogitated on this, I reviewed my personal experience, when my father died I was 11 years old. When my husband died, my daughter was 10 years old. We both experienced losing a loved one at a young age. We were not the first and will not be the last.
However, in our experience of grief, we had to continue living life. We learnt God is always with us. He is always the same, He never changes and His love is always available to us. That does not mean it wasn't the greatest devastation of our lives but as we read in Ecclesiastes, death is part of life. Whether we choose to recognise it or not.
Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a loved one. Knowing it does not make it easier. Only drawing closer to God can fill the void.
Take a look at history
History reveals how the life activities of a man are lost or forgotten in the greater scheme of things. People move on. Human nature remains the same even with the accelerated advancements in technology and man-made inventions. There is much more to our lives than what we see in this world.
Let us heed to 1 John 2 verses 15 to 18:
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father, but is of the world. The world and its desires are passing away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
The depth of this word places great importance on the need for God, the urgency of accepting His gift of salvation in Jesus Christ His Son. With the knowledge of judgement, we are exposed to the magnitude of God’s mercy and His gracious love for us.
We need to be aware that our daily lifestyle including our decisions and choices reveal either our love for God or our love for the world. To fear God means to respect God highly and honour Him with our lives.
Looking at the world and what life there is within it, we are awakened to the more of God - His Word, His Presence, His Will, His Ways and His plans. Understanding this truth is life, for He created all things for His pleasure and relationship with Him is priority number one. Hebrews 13 verse 8 (MEV) says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” It is written in Malachi, “For I am the Lord, I do not change.”
God never changes.
Seeking meaning in our lives by finding God and walking in all His ways is where we find our true purpose in life and the peace, happiness and fulfilment that comes with resting in God.
Being distracted by the vanities of the world is not worth the cost of what we will face in death without Jesus. There is nothing new under the sun except our true identity in Jesus Christ, let our every decision, action and thought be focused in and on Jesus, so we are living on purpose and being transformed into His fullness. It is only in relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit we discover the new God has for all of us.
Father thank you for Your truth and Your word and Your Son Jesus Christ and the new life I have in You. Thank You for keeping me focused on You by Your Holy Spirit, to know my life is in Your hands and You have a plan for me. Remove every vanity from my life and give me a kingdom focus to fulfil and receive every good thing you have for me and to make the right decisions in line with Your will in Jesus name I pray, amen.