“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
This chapter is quite well known for the contrasts listed – born-die, love-hate, plant-harvest, kill-heal, tear down- build, cry-laugh, mourn-laugh, ….there’s a time for everything in our life-everyone’s life. It’s the balance of life for us all.
In all of that, God has placed eternity in our hearts. There’s an expectancy. There’s a comfort. There’s a sense of joy and there’s a sense of peace.
This life is not it. Not only that, this life is not the most important thing. But, we live this life and we will experience many, many things throughout our life.
While we are here – God has given each one of us a purpose. Our lives, each one of us are important to God. Nothing is too little or too big in God’s eyes. Each one is an important part of God’s plan.
Isn’t that glorious! To know, that God created us with specific design and purpose and he’s put in each one of our hearts the longing, the knowledge that there’s something more. There’s something so much more – there’s something that’s better beyond what we can understand or comprehend.
Our finite minds cannot conceive all that God has planned and created. We can only know that within us is a great understanding that He is and that there’s more to this life – as the song says, ‘than living and dying.’
Some have confused that when we die that our soul sleeps. But there’s so much more. Our soul and spirit will immediately be with God when we die. It is our body that will sleep and someday be reunited with our souls.
Eternity. It’s something to think about. It’s a little hard to grasp the amazing significance. Not just eternity – but an eternal presence with God.
We should and could meditate on these things and search more in scripture for our understanding. And that understanding will come in time. The more we spend time with God in prayer and in studying, the more we come to understand and find joy in that understanding.
This life isn’t it. But, while we are here, our purpose is to live for Him. Our daily life is for Him. Our work-life is for him. Our relationships are for Him. Our purpose is to love God and to love others. How we live our lives until we meet Him in eternity is so very important. There’s nothing too small or too big. There’s no sorrow too deep that God is not there. There’s nothing in our lives that’s insignificant. So, spend your life wisely. Know that God is always with us – He’s been there and He’ll be there for us.
Eternity. That’s something to think about. Today, how will you live your life? So then…how shall we live our lives until eternity for us begins?