I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
I’ve always loved the book of Ecclesiastes, since I first read it through as a teenager. Maybe it was the season I was in when I first met these words. Of course it was; I was a teenage girl. We all remember those days, right?
Solomon’s honesty appealed to me, and in my deepest melancholy, I guess I was drawn to his hopelessness. Everything is meaningless, he began, and he continued this theme until the end.
I nodded my head in agreement. I resonated with his search for more, for meaning and significance and God and all that matters.
I loved that it was okay to have questions. Deep and life-shattering questions. It was even okay if there was no good reason you should be the one searching for more. Because come on, this man was king with every possible indulgence at his fingertips!
Even in those shoes, he searched far and wide for true and lasting happiness.
Even in those shoes, life felt pointless. Boring. Wearisome. Monotonous.
Even in those shoes, the king declared there was nothing new under the sun.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, the proverb says (and Bon Jovi sings). But before this gets filed under Most Depressing Post in the history of blogging, let’s get to the real point.
The point of Ecclesiastes is that without God, life is futile.
Without an eternal perspective, life is meaningless. By the time you get to the end of the book, you’re nearly depressed and ready for the king’s conclusion—
The only way to live under the sun is to Fear God and keep His commands.
Because the truth?
Our lives do not only exist under the sun.
For those who believe in Jesus Christ, our lives are now hidden with Christ in God.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
Anyone who is in Christ, is also made into a new creation and given a new way to live.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
We were once without hope, but now we are seated with King Jesus in heavenly places.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6
We don’t need to chase after the wind.
Because our lives do not only exist under the sun.
Our God is making all things new.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5