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… All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again… What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:3-5,7,9 (NIV)
You think it’s Groundhog Day? Then let me tell you, it’s been Groundhog Day since 900 BC.
Our lives felt pretty stable until a tiny virus disrupted the world. It toppled our carefully constructed lives and skewed every detail.
We feel helpless and vulnerable. We’re not in control like we thought. It was an illusion. People are dying. Many are without work. The world is a dangerous and unpredictable place we can’t control.
Tim Mackie of the Bible Project writes:
While this stripping away of control is a painful experience, according to the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, it’s one of the best worst things that can happen to us. One of the first steps toward biblical wisdom is a posture of total surrender before God. And nothing helps us get there quicker than losing control of our lives.
When we feel in control of life and things are running smoothly, we don’t think we need God. We forget where we came from, who gave us these good gifts and to whom we belong.
Have we forgotten who gave us all that we have?
Do we think our lives are a result of our own efforts?
Did we need to be shaken from out well-balanced lives?
Are we now in a better position to accept God’s instructions and receive wisdom?
Ecclesiastes advises us to accept our small place in God’s grand scheme. Enjoy the present, the gifts of delicious food, nature’s beauty, and close friends. Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. It’s always Groundhog Day.
I’ve also written about how Life is Fragile and how We Need God, even when we don’t realize it.
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