What Has Been Will Be Again
Sermon shared by Steve Shepherd
Summary: 1- Learning is wearisome, but donít stop learning. 2- Work is tiring, but donít stop working.
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: Believer adults
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INTRO.- Sometimes life gets old. Does it not? If not, then youíre not human!
What has been will be again. Doesnít life sometimes seem to be just a revolving door of sorts? Every day itís the same old routine. Every month. Every year. Year in, year out.
ILL.- Marriage counselor to mother: "Do you feel that your role as a mother and homemaker is beneath you?" She replied, "No, I feel itís beyond me!"
I am sure that some mothers feel that motherhood is beyond themÖan endless cycle of doing laundry, cleaning house and cooking meals.
ILL- Thatís like the Jim Bob Duggar family of Springdale, AR. Jim Bob (former state representative) and his wife Michelle have 16 kids. And she is only 39 years old. And they do laundry every day. No wonder!
For a long time they lived in a home was about 2400 square feet. It had 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 washers and 3 dryers. They did 10 loads of laundry per day! And mama was getting up in the middle of the night to change loads from the washer to the drier.
Now in their new 7,000 sq ft. home they have four washers and four dryers. But Iím sure they still do laundry every day!
Wouldnít that get old? Of course, everybody in that family has a job or a responsibility to fulfill.
What has been will be again.
ILL.- Employer to job seeker: How long did you work at your last job? Job seeker: Fifty-five years. Employer: How old are you? Job seeker: Forty-five years old. Employer: How could you work 55 years when youíre only 45 years old? Job seeker: OVERTIME.
Iím sure that some jobs seem like you worked there forever or put in a lot of overtime when it wasnít even overtime! If you didnít like your job then it probably seemed like overtime every day.
What has been will be again. Our text in Eccl. reads in V. 5-7
5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. What has been will be again.
6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. What has been will be again.
7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. What has been will be again.
I donít understand how the sun, the wind and streams repeat their cycles, but I believe it. Weíve seen it over and over, time and time again. Itís the way God made them to work.
But just because much of life repeats itself it doesnít mean that it is meaningless. Some of it is but some isnít. Life doesnít have to be meaningless or worthless. This is where the Lord comes in. Life is somewhat meaningless to the person who doesnít know the Lord or His will for their lives. Knowing God can make all the difference in the world in the way you view life and live out your life!
This is why Rick Warrenís book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, has been a best seller. Rick shows us how getting connected with God and Christ through the church makes for a more meaningful life. And itís the truth! Still, in our daily routines some things seem to be an endless cycle of boredom.
PROP.- Letís think about some of these things with the idea of learning how to overcome boredom.
I. LEARNING IS WEARISOME, BUT DONíT STOP LEARNING
1:8 ďAll things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.Ē
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