A Cosmic Perspective

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:9, ‘What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.’

 

Observations: As the Teacher reflects on life he comes to the conclusion that without God ‘everything is meaningless. (v2)’ In the end people gain nothing from their efforts (v3), generations come and go, but nothing really changes (v4), the sun rises and sets (v5), the wind blows, (v6), and the water returns to the sea (v7). The Teacher’s point is that ‘what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again.’ Basically, the world keeps on turning no matter what we do, and he concludes that it is ‘wearisome. (v8)’ When he says that ‘there is nothing new under the sun,’ he isn’t implying that we will never experience something new personally, or that we won’t invent something new, but that the laws of nature never change, despite our efforts. The Teacher looks at life from the cosmic angle. People are born, they live, and then they die, and in the end no one will remember them (v11).

 

Application: I few months ago I watched a television show about what would happen if humanity suddenly ceased to exist. The conclusion was that within a few decades nature would return to how it once had been, and within a century almost all evidence of humanity would be lost. We get excited about the latest breakthrough in science, technology or medicine, but in the cosmic scheme of things it doesn’t really matter. Evolutionists point out that our existence is an accident, and that a cosmic accident will eventually wipe us out. The logical result of atheism and evolution is hopelessness. However, as Christians we believe that God created the universe and that he has a purpose for it. The logical result of our faith is hope.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we often get so excited by our human achievements but in the cosmic scheme of things they don’t amount to all that much. We are so desperate to save lives that are destined to be destroyed anyway. Lord, the truth is that we only find hope in You, we only find life and meaning in You. Lord, help me not get distracted by the claims of this world, and its selfish individualism, but that I will look to You, the One who made me, the One who saved me in Jesus Christ, the One who has given me new life in the Holy Spirit, and the One who defines my existence for all eternity. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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