Vanity of vanities

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after. 

There’s nothing new. Nothing that hasn’t been done. If you don’t believe that, look no further than Hollywood. It’s one reboot after another. But that’s what life apart from God is – one reboot after another. Nothing new.

I’ve had several jobs in my lifetime, but the one that got on my nerves was cooking in a restaurant. You feed all those people and they just come back again! It’s a job that’s never done. Now I’m a dad and I’m experiencing that again. Why do these kids need to keep eating every single day?? King Solomon wisely points out in Ecclesiastes that all of life is like that. The sun goes down, only to come back up the next morning. Everything that once was comes back around again – like 90s fashion.

This Groundhog Day situation can all be really depressing, unless you have a different outlook, a hope that’s different than what the world has to offer. There’s something more than vanity out there. We have a hope in Jesus Christ that satisfies where this revolving, rebooting world can’t. We have a Savior who has been where we’ve been, struggled with our same struggles, and He understands this life. None of this is new for Him, and that’s comforting.

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