“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV)
I was thinking this morning about a book I really enjoy, The great divorce by C.S. Lewis, and in some ways I wondered if the TV show The Twilight Zone had not obtained much of it’s premise from this book. It was kind of like when you remember a really good song and then come to find out that someone has tried to make a remake of it. It is amazing how much of the market is made up of things that are made new out of something that all ready was. The interesting realization for me is that in darkness the most common words are “new” and “improved”. When you get out into the light of the sun and can see more clearly, nothing is really new. You begin to see how things are merely reworked, but never made completely new. Is it not amazing that the only time when something is really new is when The Light of God’s Word really and completely makes it new? To be new it really does have to come from Him. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26 KJV) It is no wonder why Solomon would lament the lack of newness and why there is nothing to be found that can really make someone new. That newness comes from a different kingdom and from a different world than the one that revolves around us. As you go through your day today, consider the unseen newness that Christ has for you and all those around you and look to him least you attempt to make something new yourself.
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36 KJV)