He Set Eternity on All Hearts

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Ecc. 3:11
Full Text: Ecc. 3; 1 Tim. 5
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Inevitability | What do Steve Jobs, Aristotle and Whitney Houston have in common? They are all dead. We’ve been reading in Proverbs about how to live wisely, but all of us – whether we live wisely or foolishly – will die. As the Teacher in Ecclesiastes reflects, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise? … How the wise dies just like the fool!” [1].

Hearts | Death casts a shadow of meaninglessness on everything that happens under the sun. Yet there is more to life than what is under the sun. God made us to be dissatisfied with this world alone [2]. He made us to bear His image [3] and the heavens to declare His glory [4]. Our consciences show that His law is written on our hearts [5] and our lives are ordered so that we might reach for Him [6]. Indeed, as the Teacher in Ecclesiastes continues, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” [7]. Yes, we live under the sun, but the desires of our hearts reach far beyond the sunset.

Eternity | A.W. Tozer wrote, “We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity. For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both. ‘He hath set eternity in their heart,’ said the Preacher, and I think he here sets forth both the glory and the misery of men. To be made for eternity and forced to dwell in time is for mankind a tragedy of huge proportions. All within us cries for life and permanence, and everything around us reminds us of mortality and change. Yet that God has made us of the stuff of eternity is both a glory and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled” [8].

Prayer | Lord, You have made us for eternity and, thus, we long to defy death. Make us increasingly dissatisfied with the pleasures of this world alone and satisfied with the face of God and the edge of eternity. Give us confidence in our evangelism, as we recognize that you made all people to long for deep permanence and meaning in you. Make us lights that show the glory and prophecy of the eternity to come. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] Ecc. 2:15, 16 ESV  |  [2] C.S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.” Mere Christianity. 136-137  |  [3] See Gen. 1:27  |  [4] See Ps. 19:1  |  [5] See Rom. 2:15. See also C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity. “The Law of Human Nature.” And J.I. Packer, Concise Theology, “General Revelation – God’s Reality Is Known to All,” and “Guilt – The Effect of General Revelation.”  |  [6] See Acts 17:27  |  [7] Ecc. 3:11 NIV  |  [8] Tozer, A.W. (2010-10-20). The Knowledge of The Holy (Kindle Location 705). Kindle Edition. See also entire text in PDF (free): here.

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