SEPTEMBER 25, 2023
Daily Reading – Ecc. 1-2 / 2 Cor. 12
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.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
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 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 the 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 a pencil, wrote your letter, placed it in an envelope, put a stamp on 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 is not saying there will never be any new inventions. He is not saying there will never be 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 to the heart of anyone. They may make life simpler in some ways, but humanity still lives and dies and goes off into eternity. Nothing really new about that.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
Over and over Solomon comes to the same conclusion. “Vanity of vanities” he says. Nothing he tries truly satisfies. If we want lasting joy, we must 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?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director