Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Guest Blogger: Mrs. Lockhart (My Mnlaw)
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV
Nothing New Under the Sun…
King Solomon was the wisest man to ever live. He is ascribed as writing the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. This phrase, “nothing new under the sun,” has been very instrumental in my development and walk with the Lord. Coming to this realization can be very beneficial to anyone if they are willing to embrace the truth of the phrase. Whatever you are going through, whatever you are encountering, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not the first to tread those waters. Our dilemma arises when we make them unique to us with statements like, “you just don’t understand” or “if it was not for bad luck I would not have any luck at all.” That maybe true, your particulars may be unique to you but the essences of your situation is not that different from anyone else’s. We all have or have had inner struggles and outer disappointments. Solomon so pointedly stated in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Many of us are guilty of “looking through rose-coloured glasses.” We see things through our own eyes and the way we want them to be instead of looking through the eyes of God as to how they actually are. Isaiah told us in 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” When we become so head long in being head strong we are only hurting ourselves. We deceive ourselves into believing that condescending is a sign of weakness. By doing so, we fail to realize that wisdom is speaking and this is what is best for us. Our carnal way of thinking and fleshly desires are in constant warfare with our spirit man. Because we have not totally surrendered to the will of God, we find ourselves in situations that make us very uncomfortable. Solomon was inspired to leave it on record for our learning how not to make the same mistakes that he made. He had the best of everything, a great relationship with the Lord, wisdom, wealth, and much more. He wrote the Proverbs with instructions for practical living. He starts with “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction,” Proverbs 1:7. In chapter 9 verse 10 he said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Solomon recognized that wisdom and knowledge are the key components to living this life. This is something that we can not get on our own; we must seek the Lord to obtain it.
Finally, Solomon said this, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” No matter what the mysteries and apparent contradictions of life are, we must work toward the single purpose of knowing God. We can enjoy life, but this does not exempt us from obeying God’s commands. We should search for purpose and meaning in life, but realize that they cannot be found in human endeavors. We should acknowledge the evil, foolishness and injustices in life, yet maintain a positive attitude and strong faith in God. Getting to know God in His fullness truly is the conclusion of the whole matter and this has been so since the days of Adam and Eve.
My Mnlaw has had a great impact on my walk with the Lord. She has allowed God to use her through some of my lowest points and been there to cheer me on in my highest. She always recognizes when I need a "Mommy Break" and helps me out! She's truly a blessing from God.