The wheat harvest is here. Time for cutting old crops and planting new ones. Farmers rotate their crops, from one crop to another, only to do it all over again. Each crop also has it’s season, one in which to be planted and one in which to be harvested. Everything seems to come in cycles and everything seems to have its own season.
King Solomon understood this, as he wrote:
“ ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!‘ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 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. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.”
- Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
So if everything comes in cycles and all of life is meaningless, as Solomon says... then what’s the point of life?
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Solomon realized that when this life is over, none of what you accomplished or acquired is going to matter, because it’s all going to be done again. The only thing that matters, is whether or not you feared God and kept His commandments.
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.’ ”
- Matthew 9:37