“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.”
Solomon describes this life as always repeating its self. He was searching for some experience or pleasure that would give his life meaning. He describes this world and all it has to offer as the life ‘under the sun’. He discovered that every experience he could possible have was pitiful efforts to enjoying joy in the Lord. There is nothing new under the sun. Our lives weren’t created for trying to have fun and doing things how we want them, but for God’s glory. Seeking things ‘under the sun’ in order to experience joy which can only be found ‘above’ will leave us constantly seeking but never finding. I look 'under the sun' often times for a thrill or for peace. But I need to understand that my God is 'above' the sun in His Heaven. When I'm finally able to stop looking to the horizontal and look at the vertical, the peace of the Lord will be seen my my own two eyes. That's real fulfillment.