We live in a world of repetitions. And in this world, all repetitions are vanity. They are empty, they are without meaning – unless God gives faith and joy to believe and receive them from Him – the Maker of all things, the Meaning in all things.
We live in a world governed by repetitions. The earth spins, the moon revolves around the earth and the earth spins around the sun. We experience the rising and setting of the sun, another summer is upon us, school is ending. But fall will come, and then winter. An infant comes into this world, grows up, brings other children into the world, and then dies. Cycles and circles. Mothers wash clothes and then they all get dirty, and then she washes them again.
There are two kinds of people or two kinds of ways of seeing this. One kind of person sees the stupidity of it all and bows beneath the weight of a vain and fruitless world. Finding any lasting satisfaction in whatever the world might offer is like trying to hold a gallon of water in your hand without a bucket. But the other person sees all of this and through the eyes of faith, receives it all as gift – and true enjoyment is experienced because this one acknowledges that God is the Author, Sustainer, Redeemer, and the End of all things.
Ecclesiastes 9:7–9 Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works. 8 Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil. 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
To receive all of these repetitions, all of these vain little ditties of life, and enjoy them, God has given us the Sabbath, the Lord’s Day, the beginning of the new week, every week, to practice repetition, to practice receiving, to practice renewal and the glory of doing it again and again – all under the sun, but all in the Lord Jesus. For those with faith, come, and worship the Lord – it’s going to be great.