1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:
says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”
“What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north; round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
8 All things are wearisome,
more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time. 11 No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come will not be remembered
by those who follow them.”
Friends, politics is nothing more than the hand of God in action over the world. There is nothing new under the sun. The brutality of people today, the sexual immorality, the greed, the lies- the HUMAN HEART- it has never changed. The words I have posted were written by King Solomon over THREE THOUSAND years ago. And they are still true.
There is no hope for humanity- he saw that and wrote his lament. The more you know, the more hopeless you see that we are. Obama will probably win this Nov. I’m not saying that in order for you to lose heart. But because I believe it to be true. Denying the probability won’t soften the blow if/when it comes.
Nothing in human history was done without God’s interference and without his WILL. God has a plan that has nothing to do with human interests. His plan is to create children- us. I don’t believe God was finished with our creation when he made us. I believe he fully intended Satan to tempt us and for us to fall out of grace.
For this is the critical journey that will ultimately force us to CHOOSE God over Satan (and everything he stands for). Love & faith for God with zero human ‘proof’ of reward- AND that reward is only to come upon our human DEATH? Crazy. OR Satan- with wealth, fame, glory- all here right on earth- to touch, to smell to KNOW. Interesting choice God set up, right? But he said that he made us in his image. And what do we want most? Think about it. We want to be KNOWN for who we are and we want to be LOVED for who we are. Not for who we pretend to be. What good is the love of someone who THINKS you are something different? What good is the love of someone who has no CHOICE but to love you? God wants to be KNOWN by us and to be LOVED by us and to be CHOSEN by us.
This, I believe, is why he made the heavens & earth- why he created Satan and why he sent Jesus. He had humanity live without the hope that Jesus represents for thousands of years. King Solomon, in his wisdom, came to understand the hopeless condition of MAN.
He didn’t know that Jesus would come to offer another way. A way out of the meaninglessness of feeding our mouths & dying like animals. Jesus came and described heaven and he described God. And he offered us a way to reconcile the knowledge and hence, the craving for eternity that exists in every human heart with the intellectual knowledge that we will certainly die.
He revealed to mankind that life doesn’t end with our physical death. In fact, he was resurrected with a new body to prove it! His whole life and his whole message was to lift the despair that Solomon- and all of us- know, or suspect. The craving monster that lies in the shadows of our minds that nothing makes sense.
That nothing has value. That our lives- and everyone’s lives mean nothing. Without Jesus, my friends, all things are pointless. So don’t put too much stock in this election. Or your job. Or your marriage. Or your kids. Or your money. The only thing that you should truly set your hearts on is Jesus. Just obey him. Walk through life and obey him. It is the only thing that has ever made sense in human history.