Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
There are new inventions every single day. When I was a boy, you had to carry change with you and find a pay phone somewhere to call someone. Today, almost everyone, everywhere carries a phone in their pocket. It used to be that if you even owned a television it was in black and white. To change the channel someone had to get up out of their chair and walk across the room and manually change the channel. Today, you can just speak into he air and some device will change the channel of your High Definition color television. To send someone a letter you took out some paper and pencil, wrote your letter, placed it in an envelope, put a stamp ion it and sent it off in the mail. Today we have text, Social Media, and E-mail to speed those things along. So when Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “…there is no new thing under the sun.“ just what does he mean?
Solomon isn’t saying there’ll never be any new inventions. He’s not saying there’ll never be any new and great ideas. He himself was a very wise man who built a temple that was, in his day, a modern marvel. What Solomon set out to do was to find out what it is that will bring satisfaction to man. I think that everyone will agree, all these new gadgets and ideas have never brought lasting joy in the heart of any one. They may make life simpler in some ways, but mankind still lives and dies and goes off into eternity. Nothing really new about that.
Over, and over Solomon comes to the same conclusion. “Vanity of vanities” he says. Noting he tries truly satisfies. If we want lasting joy we need to find it outside of this world. Eternal life, real life begins when we accept Jesus as our Saviour.
Do you have real satisfaction in Him?
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