Dealing with many people on a daily basis, I hear different ways of expressing the idea that each day brings us nothing but more of the same old thing. Some of those expressions are a little cruder than others, but they all end up saying the same thing. Hey, I understand it. For there are times that it seems as if I’m on that mouse wheel, spinning around and around. Nevertheless, this is just another facet of the lie upon which this world is built. Solomon came to this same conclusion thousands of years ago, and he wrote it down for us so that we could share in his wisdom!
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” … What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:2; 1:9 (NIV)
But we really didn’t need a Bible to have learned this, did we? I don’t think so. Instead, I believe this perspective builds slowly but surely for every one who is defined by life under the sun. Meaninglessness is the bleak outlook of the natural mind of man. Solomon understood it because his mind, although filled with wisdom, was bound to the perception of living under the sun.
The religious wisdom of our own present world still struggles with living under the sun, and yet no one has found true freedom in this world. That’s because the freedom is not found under the sun, but only in the new creation, which is outside the confines of this world. We enter it not through our death, but only through the death of the one who rose again.