Cycles: We Can’t Change All That Much

We can’t change all that much.  There are patterns, even cycles to our world, that have been set in motion beyond our reach.  Our ability to do something truly different is less than minimal.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-7, 9 

The wind blows to the south
       and turns to the north;
       round and round it goes,
       ever returning on its course.

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,
       what has been done will be done again;
       there is nothing new under the sun.

The foundation of a balanced life is embracing our limits.  Under God’s revelation, the author of Ecclesiastes isn’t encouraging resignation, just an acknowledgement that most things have been set in motion beyond our control. 

Thankfully, change is still possible.  Cycles of redemptive change led up to the death of Jesus, and have continued to snowball since.  Rather than seeing ourselves as pure innovators for his Kingdom, I’d think we’d do well to catch our place in his redemptive cycles; cycles that involve, conviction, repentance, atonement, sanctification, and redemption.  This would help us feel less like we need to save the world, and instead join Jesus in what he’s already doing.


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