Ecclesiastes 1:9-11, “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 There is no remembrance of men of old,
and even those who are yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow.”
When Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, he found himself being so thoroughly blessed by God that his human nature couldn’t let it be. He got it into his head that by making political alliances with the neighboring countries he could buy a time of peace for Israel. It technically worked, in his lifetime there was peace. But the generations that followed him lived in unparalleled turbulence. In order to appease his many wives and concubines, he built shrines so they could follow their gods. This practice became the downfall of Israel. Once the King’s heart was turned away, his people’s hearts sooned followed.
The point is that we were promised hope and change. The problem is that there really can’t be any change. It’s all been done before, we just don’t remember the lessons learned. If we had, we wouldn’t have gotten ourselves into the same old mess with the same old people saying the same old things about cleaning it up. They keep on getting our hopes up, only to let us down. You see, even they don’t know that they will fail until they have failed. There is only one secure place to put our hope, one place that doesn’t change. We still want change don’t we? Change, after all, can be a good thing. The problem is that there is no knowing into what we are changing. It’s like a bait and switch tactic. The bait good change, but it will be switched to bad change. What is the One you trust telling you?