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Did You Know There is Nothing New Under the Sun?
What is the duty of man?
It is quite true! There is nothing new under the sun according to the Word of God.
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun! Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” Ecclesiastes 1.
Solomon is recorded as a brilliant man of great spiritual wisdom who became King of Israel. He also built the first grandest majestic Temple that was ever constructed. He built it as a dedicated place of worship unto the Lord. It was built in Jerusalem on Mt. Moriah using the finest quality furnishings and materials.
King Solomon had everything that anyone could ever want or ever imagine and more! He denied himself nothing and indulged himself in a host of pleasures. He had wealth, riches, honor, prestige, power, affluent status as well as God’s favor. He is recorded in the Word to be the richest man that ever lived; or will live! What more could one possibly ask for? Yet he discovered that it was all meaningless especially when you are not right with God!
It is in the latter days of his life when he recorded the practical wisdom that we find in Ecclesiastes. One might find it a bit disconcerting, pessimistic and or negative because it exudes such an abrasive uncompromising Truth. He was a profound prolific writer. The power in his writings continuously remains clear. Solomon wants to get our attention as he shouts to us vociferously that life without God is futile! In actuality he is not trying to discourage us but to get us back on track. To point us to the straight and Narrow Path that leads to the Lord. He ardently and passionately encourages us to first seek happiness in the Lord rather than people, places or things!
Disillusionment, despair, disappointment and chaos are the foreboding ominous consequences when we place anything above God! Seeking God first will result with an invaluable, priceless, abiding tranquil inner peace that is only found in Him.
Whatever is going on about us is in this world is temporal. It will only last for but a few moments in the summation totality of time. Life in actuality is quite diminutively short on this side of heaven. What is of the utmost importance is where each of us will spend eternity. Faith is now! Time is of the essence, Solomon warns us to commit to our Creator now rather than later. Quintessentially there is nothing more important than time! The Scriptures record what has been and what will be! Everything that is happening now has happened before and will happen again... History continually repeats itself. At some point life as we know it will all come to an end. It is at that time we all will have to stand before God the Father our Creator.
We are living in some interesting times. Unexpected tragedy laden climatic weather conditions, a profuse abundance of heinous crimes being committed daily throughout the world as well as foreign and domestic terrorism steadily on the rise. Racial discrimination once again taking the forefront. Who would have ever imagined that a young boy (he is not really a man) would walk into Bible Study as a visitor, sit in on it for an hour and then get up and begin shooting. Nine were wounded and eight of them died. No place is sacred to some. LORD HELP US! No wonder Diseases, sickness and famines of all sorts abound worldwide! Our United States of America's government was even forced to "SHUT DOWN" after President Obama and Congress reached a major impasse and were unable to come to an agreement! It was "SHUT DOWN" again under President Trump's administration as well. Let's not forget the ongoing controversy of his presidential election...LORD HELP US!
Morality has been pushed aside and relationships of all sorts have begin to emerge. The insidious attempt to compare the right to same sex relationships with Holy Matrimony should not be! Marriage is sacred and ordained by GOD. "Same sex unions" are a man made choice. The Supreme Court has even voted against the WORD of GOD in favor of "same sex unions." No doubt Liberal worldly principles are being embraced and encouraged! This is why Marriage between a man and a woman is no longer considered sacred by many. Marriage now has many alternative options... We have been here before! So Please don't blame GOD!
Notice how there is an undisclosed movement towards trying to establish a new normal! There is an unstated subtle attempt to desensitize us towards extinguishing traditional morality. One must only flip a switch and tune in to the television or their hand held hi-tech gadget of choice momentarily to see what’s happening! Throughout the Word of God we can see how devastated the people as well as the land became due to immorality and disobedience. A proliferation of food shortages and famines began to abound! A once productive and fruitful land region abruptly interrupted by drought resulting in scarcity, starvation and barrenness! Life becomes futile and desolate when we ignore God’s principles time after time. LORD HELP US!
God has always had a solution for past, present and future problems. There is always hope in the Lord! Each day is a precious "GIFT" from the Lord! Absolutely NO one but GOD can make a day! There is no greater power, principality or authority, nor will there ever be. God is infinitely Supreme! There is no higher authority than HE! He is Omniscient, Omnipotent & Omnipresent! He is KING of kings and LORD of lords! HE is the Great I AM! The world gives us many options that lead us away from the Lord’s principles. There is a plethora of philosophies, beliefs, religions and endless opinions and varied lifestyles… We can learn much from God’s Word. God does not change His principles to accommodate our ever changing society. Solomon is a prime example. He provides us with a wealth of wise sage antidotes for life and living in Ecclesiastes.
We are to enjoy life but not ignore, disrespect or disregard the Lord. He is the Giver and Sustain-er of life. Life will spring forth a varied abundance of ups and downs. When we hold fast to our faith as we go through the Lord perfects us in His image. He molds our character and causes the Fruit of His Spirit to multiply within us and bring us to perfection. The perfection we attain in the Lord is spiritual. It does not ever imply that we become flawless. It means that we learn and continuously aspire to become complete in Him. We Trust Him more and begin to sin less! This is why we all need Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord! He graces us with His precious Comforter the Holy Teacher that resides within us!
Things come and go! Seasons change... It is how we respond and relate to whomever or whatever we encounter in life that matters most! It is what determines our character... God has created each of us for a purpose! Life is about discovering that purpose. Human effort apart from God is senseless and futile! Without the breath from God’s Spirit we ALL are nothing more than mere decaying dust living in vain. We should reverently respect God and honor His principles for life and living! He is the Potter and we are the clay, with Him we can do or conquer the impossible. Pray for spiritual discernment! Take time out to spend some time with the Lord each day! We all benefit when we seek God above all else! Now is the time to do just that!
In this 21st century there is still nothing new! If you are searching for some answers camp in Ecclesiastes for a while! Here you will find some stern wise warnings! Wisdom often goes unheeded. In Ecclesiastes we can learn about life! Absolutely nothing is hidden from the Lord anywhere in this entire universe! Let us commence to welcome and receive the precious gift of spiritual wisdom from the Lord! Pray daily for increased spiritual discernment. The wisdom from above is pure and yields peace. It is precious and incalculable. “The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” Ecclesiastes 9. Open our spiritual eyes Lord!
What is the duty of man?
“The conclusion of the matter!”
“Now all has been heard; here is 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, included the hidden thing, whether it is GOOD or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12.