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There is No New Thing Under the Sun

Updated on April 26, 2013
God's Beautiful Creation: The Dobu Passage, Papua New Guinea
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Ecclesiastes

In the Book of Ecclesiastes (1.9) we read, "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."

Sometimes in our lives we rush around trying out every new thing, only to find that soon we tire of it and begin looking for something else to excite us, something else that is new. At first, this idea of there really being no new thing under the sun seems untrue, defeatist and very negative. However, when we think about it, while situations may change, what happens has happened before, many times, what we do has been done before, since the beginning of time, even what we think has been thought about before.

The message of this book in the Old Testament of the Bible, Ecclesiastes, is that things in this world may often appear to be very difficult for us and not easy to understand. It seems as if there is a blight or a curse on the whole of the life of each of us human beings. However, there is hope, and life can be very satisfying if we look at our lives as being given to us to help us find a way to come closer to God. When we strive to to this we can see that He has a purpose for each of our lives, that we can enjoy His grace which is available for everyone.

The Sun: Without the sun itself we would not have the basics, there would be no life as we know it; our very existence depends on the sun. That is recognized in the Bible. Do you know the number of times the sun is mentioned there? One hundred and sixty-one times and thirty-five of these are in Ecclesiastes.

There's nothing new about the good things that God provides for us through His creation, the sun. The essential things, the basic needs of life are not new: food, shelter, air, water, even the sun itself. The earth turning on its axis creates the seasons that we love to enjoy.

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Our Water, the Air We Breathe and Every Single Thing!

When we stop and ponder about that statement in Ecclesiastes, we find it is so true about the important things in life, those basics on which we all depend for life.

Water: After the sun, we need water. We need 'fresh' water to drink, to make our food plants grow and for the animals we will eat. It is neither fresh nor new.

Have you ever thought that the water around our Planet Earth is recycled? It is the same that the dinosaurs drank - and probably messed in. It has been swum in by hippopotamuses, spouted through the trunks of elephants, drunk by all the saints and sinners since Adam, run through gutters and sewers, purified as it evaporated up into the clouds and has been recycled for us to use since the earth began. I love the thought that what I drink today was once drunk by a thirsty saint.

What a wonderful, thoughtful God we have, to have designed the world for us in this way!

Air: It is the same with the air that we breathe. It has been around since the earth was made and has been recycled ever since.

Every Single Thing: It is true, "there is no new thing under the sun." God has provided everything we will ever need. What a wonderful God!

Even at least a quarter of the gold by which we measure our finances has been circulating for aeons, so I am told. Some has been found and added to it, but It was used by the people in the Bible, the ancient Romans and others before and after them. The rest is still in the ground waiting to be discovered.

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The Seasons

The seasons vary according to where we live on this planet, but mostly we have Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. We plant and harvest, play and live our lives according to the rhythm of the seasons.

New things are invented, new technology, new infrastructure, but what they are made from is not new; it has been here all the time. God has already provided it. There truly is "no new thing under the sun," as the 'Preacher' wrote.

The basic needs of our lives remain fairly constant and so does the way they are met. It is comforting to know that, even when there seems to be much change in our lives, God does not change. His love for us is constant. We can rely on God knowing that when we have a steadfast faith and trust in Him He will provide for all our needs - and even more than we ask for or can think of!

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Amen Blossom, "God does not change, he is constant."

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      bluebird 4 years ago

      Great hub! There is a lot to think about here. History is the best teacher, we must not forget the examples in the Old Testament of God's chosen ones - how they forgot (and didn't appreciate ) all God had done for them and suffered for it. But the purpose is clear - it brings us closer to God and His ways...we learn our ways only lead to distress and every negative result. God is good and His ways are good.

      And...there's nothing new under the sun. But, wouldn't it be a new thing under the sun if all people actually lived as God set out for them to?

      It's coming...lessons will be learned...but not without suffering. And God's everlasting mercy.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really enjoyed this reading thank you. It was also a nice Bible study. I am happy with your truths, but for me I add; and yet every minute is new.

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      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      Wonderfully crafted, well thought out, and well said. Amen, BlossomSB. "There is nothing new under the sun" is something I once quoted often when I was teaching advertising copy writing to college students. I prefaced how to brainstorm new ideas by talking about how there is no such thing, and that the only way to come up with something remotely original is to "juxtapose" two or more old ideas. I love this Hub! Voted up, beautiful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      As one ages the truth of your writing becomes more evident. Thank you for this marvelously uplifting and truthful Hub. Best/Sis

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      I take Eric's stance, but somehow I like your writing. I feel that you are sincere. Much peace.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What a very beautiful hub here you have written, Blossom! He is truly Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides no doubt about it!

      What amazing photos you have here as always.

      This is an excellent hub to glorify our Lord God.

      Thank you for this lovely write. Voted up ++++ and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Blossom this hub just made me think and also take stock in my life.. hmm what a hub .. wow

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hello blossomsB.

      Admirable. Beautifully created Hub, by your gifted writing apparently negative" nothing " new became "everything" new-ly discovered by coming generation. So, " recycling " is God's invention, as anything else, human are crediting themselves for. Glory to God.

      Voting up and beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. So true. God's love is eternal and we must keep the faith and let Him guide us. Great pics. Passing this on.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      JThomp42: How wonderful that it is true!

      Bluebird: Thank you for your lovely comments and if we all lived as God intended it would certainly be something new. What a great thought! God is merciful and we have so much to thank Him for.

      Ericdierker: Thank you. Every minute is new and it is our choice what we do with it.

      drmiddlebrook: Thank you for your encouraging and perceptive comments.

      Angela Blair: Perhaps it is because I, too, am growing older that I like to ponder on such things and write about them sometimes.

      manatita44: I hope I am sincere in anything I write about. I love how that word is made up: sine cere, meaning 'no wax.' In ancient days when marble was being carved, if a mistake or crack was made it could be filled with wax and the purchaser would not know there was anything wrong about it until later. It is important for us to be sincere and honest in all we do.

      Faith Reaper: May God bless you as we journey together towards our Heavenly goal.

      Frank Atanacio: We all need to do that constantly. Bless you for your comments.

      Michael-Milec: Glory to God, indeed!

      Gypsy Rose Lee: That old adage, to 'let go and let God,' is so important. We know it, but it's not always so easy to do. Thank you for the reminder.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a beautiful piece! Well done, Blossom and so true.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      WillStarr: Thank you.

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      Marcia Ours 4 years ago

      Amen! Very true!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Marcia Ours: God bless you and thank you.

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi my dear i will be changing your name to LadyTraveller okay you go so many places i am so happy for you that you can travel around the globe and share your experiences and pics with us.

      Very nice hub and that's true nothing new under the sun many times we think this is a new style/fashion etc granny will say to us that was in my days to it just came back . I myself gets bored easily doing the same thing over and over. We sooooooo have to depend on everything that God made for us.

      Thanks for sharing God bless you

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: It's true that I've been very blessed with our work taking us to many places, but actually I'm growing older and prefer to stay home more these days. My Granny, too, used to say the same things to us, but it's so comforting to have such a wonderful God that we know we can always depend on. May He bless you richly, too.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Blossom, you mentioned some simple every day things that we take for granted but should not. Thank you for reminding me of how air is a blessing. God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teachers12345: Thank you. It's true, and clean air is even more of a blessing these days! We have much to be thankful for. May God bless you richly, too.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      I had to vote this up and all the buttons except funny. A brilliant write, Blossom., especially the paragraph on Water! I had not thought of that in such detail.

      Another point I love about that verse in Ecclesiastes is the fact that it was written by King solomon. Not only wise but one of the richest men who ever lived. Yet he said "There is nothing new...."

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dim Flaxenwick: Thank you for all those votes! I guess we Aussies think of water quite a bit as we're the driest continent/island on earth. So lovely to hear from you and thank you for your comments.

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