The Sun Also Rises

The sun also rises, and the sun goes down...The wind whirls about continually...There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:5-6, 9

Recommended Reading:
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

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Start to finish, it took Ernest Hemingway eight weeks to compose the draft of his novel about a group of decadent expatriates in Spain. He originally titled his book Fiesta, then changed it to The Lost Generation, a phrase coined by Gertrude Stein about those unhinged by World War I. But the title that stuck was from Ecclesiastes: The Sun Also Rises. Hemingway began his book by quoting this passage about the transient nature of the cycles of life. His point was that day after day the sun rises over succeeding generations of lost humans who seek to be brave in the approaching darkness.

Ecclesiastes is a warning that if we reject God and live as if everything were "under the sun," we're a lost generation whose fiestas merely distract us from the futility of life. But when we develop God's vision for our lives -- His plan and purpose -- everything changes. Our daily mood and morale soars. We can say, "The Son also rises, with healing in His wings." And because He lives, we live also.

Our only boast, our only confidence, our only hope must be in Christ. R. Kent Hughes
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