Is eternity in our hearts?
That natural curiosity, wondering if there is something more to life, is hard-coded into our innermost being. Questions like “why am I here?” or “where did we come from” ache from within. It’s normal for us to ask questions like this. More importantly, we are not expected to know all of the answers.
The wisest person to ever live was Solomon. He asked a lot of questions about his existence and the purpose of life in a book called Ecclesiastes. In chapter 3 and verse eleven, he spoke about eternity in our hearts. Solomon wrote, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity in our hearts, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”. Wow, that is a pretty big statement that tells us it is natural that we desire and hope for something more. We were made that way. More important is that God did so that we would not understand all of what God has done except for what He has revealed through nature and the bible. Photo Credit Hubble Telescope
How can we find out?
Is eternity in our hearts? Look around you. The blue sky, stars, gravity, air, food, water and all of it beautiful wasn’t just formed from a puddle of muck. Deep down we know that something greater designed this and sustains us. If the sun was just a little further away we would freeze. If it was closer we would burn. If the moon was further away our tides would significantly alter sea life. If it was closer many of us would be underwater several times a day! God gives us life each and every day. Whether it is the distance of the sun or the air we breath, God provides all of this for us because he loves us. Creation is God’s book of nature.
There is an answer
If God really created all of this, it is obvious why we would be asking big questions like “why are we here?” It is only natural! While God does not answer every question ever asked, He does provide many answers. They can be found in the Bible. Have you sat down and read the Bible? Give it a try. In the first 15 minutes of reading you will learn where we came from and why we are here.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.