“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV (Emphasis Added)
There is nothing new under the sun. How many times have we heard it or said it? It is mentioned at least 30 times in the book of Ecclesiastes. Do you think Solomon was trying to get a point across? Solomon was the richest and wisest man in all the earth, yet he could find nothing new under the sun.
However, in my lifetime, I have seen the fax machine come in and out of style. I used a typewriter in middle school because desktop computers didn’t exist. The World Wide Web, aka www, did not become publicly available until August 1991. Facebook started in Feb 2004, preceded only by the birth of MySpace in August 2003. Technology, as we know it today, did not exist 30 years ago. Can you imagine trying to navigate these times without it? How do we explain this new technology in light of the above scripture?
Under the Sun – Comparison
I am not challenging the truth of the scripture, who am I but a mere woman. What I am challenging is the perspective we take to the scripture. We stop at “under the sun.” Comparing one thing to another does not give birth to a new thing. Has comparing yourself to someone else ever helped you feel better about yourself? If it did, it promoted pride, and if it didn’t, it promoted insecurity. Maybe what Solomon was trying to say then is what Paul said to the Galatians, “Don’t compare yourself to others.” Comparison offers nothing new.
What’s Above the Sun?
Don’t look for something new under the sun; God does not reside there. The Creator, The Creative, The Lifegiver resides ABOVE THE SUN. Maybe your next great idea is connected to your prayer life with the One who gives life. Are you open to allowing Him to create something new in you and through you?
- He gave somebody the idea for computers
- Someone else was given the idea for the World Wide Web
- Yet another was given the idea for social media
- Who got the idea for the first automobile?
- He gave somebody the idea for the microwave – PRAISE THE LORD! Can you imagine life without it?
Are you looking above the sun to the SON for your next idea, next product, future collaboration, next unique service? It is undoubtedly in you because He gives us all gifts and talents to share with the world around us. Will you allow this to be a time for Him to reinvent you and invent something new through you?
Witty Inventions – The Father of Wisdom
“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”Proverbs 8:12 KJV
Wisdom guides, directs, and leads into a more excellent path for life. When we seek wisdom from The Father of Wisdom it gives birth to things we could have never imagined. Leaning on an all knowing God for witty inventions, new perspectives, and innovative ideas is easier than you think.
I challenge you this week to elevate your prayer life above your worries, fears, and repentance. Elevate your prayers to seek His ideas and His creative ability in your life. Yeah, do all the other stuff too, it is all good but add on, “Dear Lord create anew in me and through me. Give me Your creative ideas so that I may glorify You by sharing the gifts You give me.”
My prayers are will all of you! May the Holy Spirit be stirred up in all of you for a NEW thing that comes from above the sun!
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all this toil–this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-14 (emphasis added)
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