Times haven’t really changed much in the world’s short existence. Since the fall of man there has been a love of self that far surpasses a love for God. We are a selfish people. Not only that, we don’t like people telling us what to do. Maybe that’s why our relationship with God suffers. God’s Word is a reminder of our sin, but isn’t that a necessary element to our salvation.? Surely we don’t deserve His mercy, but He gives it to us anyway with no cost to us.
When history tends to repeat itself, we should learn from it rather than erasing it from the books or tearing down reminders of those events. King Solomon had everything a man could want. He was wealthy beyond compare. He could live the lifestyle he chose. He had many wives, many servants and an abundance of everything his heart desired, but still he felt there was something missing. None of it meant a thing without a hope for the future.
When we look at the world today, we can see many similarities to historical events that covered the sands of time. Each generation has been witness to injustice, lack of freedom, intolerance, wars and rumors of wars, riots, looting, protests and unrest. The destruction caused by severe weather and that created by man’s foolishness and hatred are equally difficult to handle. We haven’t changed much since the world began, but we still have hope for what’s to come when we die.
For the believer there is confidence of a new place, where tears no longer fall and pain doesn’t exist – where there is no hate, no fear, no destruction.
Times change, but they just take on a different face. What was old becomes new again and Solomon’s wisdom regarding this is apparent in his writing in Ecclesiastes. We can’t change the course of human events, but we can determine where we will be once our lives come to an end. God’s kingdom is not of this world. It’s a perfect place that we can look forward to in eternity.