There is No New Thing Under the Sun
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.
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.
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!