READ : Ecclesiastes 3:9-15
He has put eternity into man’s heart. (v. 11)
A point comes when we realize there’s more to life than what we strive for on a daily basis – our jobs, our possessions, our goals and accomplishments. We feel that this can’t be all there is to existence – there has to be something else out there, something more.
Human beings have been on this search for as long as we can tell. In the ancient world people were so desperate for an answer they turned to made-up gods from whom they hoped to find meaning and receive eternal life. There was a god for everything, even “the Unknown God” to whom the Athenians erected an altar. But what is it that sets us off on this spiritual search in the first place?
C. S. Lewis once observed that fish don’t feel wet because water is their natural home. So why do we feel longings that can’t be satisfied in this world? It must be because this isn’t our natural home. “For Lewis, these longings were evidence of our being destined for another world” (W. Vaus, Mere Theology). Solomon felt the same way, as he wrote in Ecclesiastes 3, “He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (v. 11).
The bottom line is this: we seek more because there is more. God has put that longing in our hearts and, thankfully, he has provided a way to fulfill it.
Lord, thank you that you have destined me for more than this world and for providing the way to yourself through your Son.