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July 31, 1997

Nothing New

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What has been will be again . . . there is nothing new under the sun. ECCLESIASTES 1:9
Being creative is part of what it means to be human. When we make comments such as, “I have a great idea” or, “Let’s look at this problem from a different angle” or, “There’s a different way to approach that,” we are expressing a commonly held belief—namely, that we are creative people.
Creativity is a vital element of the human experience. When we go to work and tap into our brainpower to accomplish the task at hand, what surfaces is something that seems to us to be new and fresh. No one can convince us that our “original” thoughts are simply a rearrangement of someone else’s ideas or a restatement of another’s words. To our naiveté Solomon says this: What seems to be original thinking is nothing more than leftovers from an earlier time.
Throughout Ecclesiastes, Solomon occasionally slips from being a realist and turns into an unrelenting pessimist. That’s what he does here. In this case, though, he is heading toward a conclusion, but he doesn’t reveal his conclusion right away. Later, we’ll take a look at what he concludes.
For now, Solomon is bringing reality to our thinking. We are creations of the Creator. We are not little gods walking around on earth. Our thinking and creativity is that of a creation, and it is not in the same category or of the same caliber as that of the Creator. Our creativity is often helpful, but it is not necessarily very original.
For whatever creativity we possess, we have only our Father, the Creator God, to thank. Take time to thank Him for your creativity today.

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