…vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun? One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays. The sun rises and the sun goes down; then it presses on to the place where it rises. Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north, the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds. All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full. To the place where they go, the rivers keep on going. All speech is labored; there is nothing one can say. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear satisfied with hearing. What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us. There is no remembrance of the men of old; nor of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them.
Knowledge without the wisdom of God is such. Just about anything put into the worldly perspective is somewhat unchanging. The scripture is written by Solomon, touted by many as the wisest man of all time. Having asked for a “discerning heart” as his gift from God, he received a “wise and discerning heart” – along with everything else he could have desired (see 1Kings 3:1-15). Near the end of his reign, however, he did not continue to draw close to the ultimate source of wisdom, and his great mind began to see the futility of it all. He discovered that all the wisdom he had could not change what was, what is or what would come to be.
I think it is interesting to note the statement, “The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear satisfied with hearing.” It speaks of our human condition. No matter how much we get, we want more. This is good when it comes to desiring the greater spiritual gifts (see 1Corinthians 12:30-31), but not so good when we are talking about worldly things, or our carnal desires. This is what Solomon is trying to teach us here.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight