God is making things new – in us and desires to do it through us. God loves the new! We can be stuck and hold on to what was, what is, and not embrace what is to come.
When Solomon says:
“What has been is what will be. And what has been done is what will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9
Pastor and Futurist and Author Erwin McManus says: “Solomon was wrong!” And when he said it, several in the church community called him a heretic. McManus goes on to say “that God does NEW THINGS. New covenant, new song, a new heart, a new heaven and new earth, all I am seeing God do is new.”
And I would add this:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22 & 23
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
As a pastor and chaplain and life coach, I deal with people all the time who are stuck in believing all that they see and have experienced is all that they ever will!
McManus goes on to say: “Around the world we have accepted a wrong view of the world and made it a biblical view. Solomon was actually introducing the very Buddhist mindset. The circle of life. Endless cycles of the sun going up and down, the wind moving – there is no meaning in life. If Solomon writes, nothing new under the sun. What about what God says through Isaiah:
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19
So do we believe Solomon or God? Now, by not believing Solomon was right, we are not disbelieving the bible. This is important. What Solomon was saying: So there is nothing new under the sun.” Many would assert as I have in the past, that Solomon is contending for looking above the sun – beyond the earth for what is new, that it is in getting our eyes on God and Heaven that newness thrives and is realized. But, there is new on the earth that God is producing. McManus goes on to say: “the church likes to hold onto nothing new under the sun, because it holds on to the past and fears the future.” God does new things. Sometimes we have to destroy our past beliefs to embrace our future. The key is this:
When you live your life apart from God, there is nothing new, but when you live your life fully connected to God’s truth and in relationship to God, everything becomes new. – Erwin McManus
- What is God wanting to do in you and through you that is new?
- Where are you stuck in the past and believing God cannot change you or your personal world?
- Where does God want you to bring something new to the lives of others?
- What you believe and how you live and the decisions you make today and
tomorrow is creating future. It is embracing new!
- What is God wanting to do new right now for you, your family, your relationships and your church or organization?
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” -Revelation 21:5
Keep wrestling with truth, embracing God and the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to make things new.
Praying for you and welcome your prayers,