Futility of Expecting Something New
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Absolute futility. Everything is futile.” What does a man gain for all his efforts he labors at under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets; panting, [it returns] to its place where it rises. Gusting to the south, turning to the north, turning, turning, goes the wind, and the wind returns in its cycles. All the streams flow to the sea, yet the sea is never full. The streams are flowing to the place, and they flow there again. All things are wearisome; man is unable to speak. The eye is not satisfied by seeing or the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Can one say about anything, “Look, this is new”? It has already existed in the ages before us. There is no memory of those who came before; and of those who will come after there will also be no memory among those who follow [them]. Eccl 1:1-11 (HCSB)
We all want to be different, or at the least, uniquely special. However, though we may be unique in many ways, we all travel the road of life the well-traveled and well-marked road of life prodded by many long before us, and many more will assuredly follow us on this same road. The choice we get to make is how we navigate this road of life among all the others who share the road with us. Yet, lets be clear, there are no new paths to choose, just enticing highways with dead-ends should any of us choose to wander off onto our own ways. God clearly stated that there is but one way to follow him. All other ways are futile and paths of destruction for any of us who decide to navigate our own ways.
Just look at the world around us; see how God’s creation share his unique, undeniable hallmark. Even nature’s winds and waters behave certain ways, just as the stars and planets have predictably paraded in the heavens as reliable guides for millennia without deviation. The living creatures on land, in the waters, and in the sky migrate and roam the planet in their own never ending cycle of life as well.
However, God has given man an inquisitive mind. Unlike the rest of creation, man has the innate nature to pursue the unknown and seek the untraveled as a challenge. Yet, when we fail to check with the Creator along the way, our eyes and ears become preoccupied with the prospects of the new, the uncharted paths, which may be perceived as new to us, but is not new to God. It is a simple fact we too often ignore – Nothing new can be created outside the will, ways and wisdom of our Creator God.
So what must we do? We mature as we realize just because something appears new to us, nothing is new to God. The moment we assume we have captured an original idea, a uniquely created revelation of some truth within our own mind, we assume the role of God. Our life should be a constant pursuit of expanding our understanding the truths and realities that flow from our Creator by his grace and will. He alone knows what we are capable of comprehending and benefiting from for his greater purposes. Therefore, as we stumble and bumble our way along the road of life, seek daily to uncover and embrace the new discoveries that reveal God’s will, ways, and wisdom. Trust God alone, and never our own selfish desires and understanding…because on our own, we can only claim to discover the dead-end that waits for our arrival! Life awaits all who trust God’s sure ways and perfect will. But God created us with a choice to choose?
Words of Wisdom #217-01EC