“Everything is so weary and tiresome! No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”-Ecclesiastes 1:8-9 NLT
Tired and weary! How many people feel this way about their lives! Overwhelmed with challenges. Burned out by long hours and pressure. Restless about family and financial burdens.
Seeking to escape this weariness, many turn to pleasure. Frustrated and discouraged, others look for escapes, or just a change: Hoping to find relief through a new job or a new house. Entering a new relationship. Changing lifestyles. Doing something different.
Some cosmetic changes can make a difference, at least to some extent. But the Bible reminds us of many fundamental truths about life. We need to remember that “there is no new thing under the sun.” What is new today becomes old tomorrow. What seems fresh today may seem commonplace tomorrow. What seems exciting today can seem routine tomorrow. What feels like a revelation today becomes old news tomorrow.
What is the answer? It can be easy just to focus on temporary escapes, and short-term pleasures. But the Bible tells us that these things are like chasing the wind. God offers us something deeper. A life of meaning and purpose. Answers to life’s challenges.
The Bible urges us to realize that the key is to trust God. To serve Him. To depend upon Him. To realize that “those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Do you feel tired? Weary? Overwhelmed? Frustrated? These are moments to seek God. To pray and seek His help. His strength. His perspective. Make sure that you are living according to His Word. And that you place your trust in Him.
PrayerFather, help me to have a deeper relationship with You. Thank You for giving me joy and peace. Help me to serve You. I rejoice in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingEcclesiastes 1