“He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 CSB
Every day that the Lord gives us, we wake up to a new day filled with opportunities. Unfortunately, we are all too aware of the reality that not everyone will make it through each day. Sickness strikes and some won’t walk out of their hospital rooms alive. Car accidents take place despite our best efforts at being careful. Some simply do not wake up one morning. And all this has us longing for days when death will be no more and immortality our new reality.
As long as we can remember, men have long been searching for the fountain of youth. Something. Anything to keep us alive and keep us from aging. However, searches have been unfruitful and this desire for immortality remains. You see, that feeling that is within us, to desire to live on forever is not without a foundation. It is engraved in our DNA.
” He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]” – Ecclesiastes 3:11b AMP
When God created man in the beginning, He placed this desire for eternity in his heart. Not to pursue his own passions but to enjoy uninterrupted fellowship and communion with God. Then, through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, we lost this heavenly communion. It would have been easy for God to remove this desire from our hearts but then how would we ever yearn or long for life after death with Him when Jesus comes again? God had to leave this unmet desire in our hearts so we could seek His Son who is the way and come to know Him. The book of Revelation gives us a portrait of what life will be like in Heaven for Believers who have walked with Jesus. It is such a beautiful and hope-filled image that I cannot wait to get there. And I’m assuming you do too. For most of the world, the way to this new life in “Eden 2” is through death. Dust we were and dust we must return only to be made new again at the appropriate time. Then, eternity won’t be far away. Heaven will be one big worship party and quality time with Jesus.
But first, we have a life to live on this side of Heaven: a life that is preparation for the next. Now with this in mind, knowing that how we live the life we’ve been given matters to God, shouldn’t we live each day with an awareness of eternity to come? God’s Word reminds us that we should always “seek first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). Is not this indeed the kind of life we were meant to live with Him before sin came into the world? Sin really messed things up for us. That’s the bad news. However, the good news is that God had foreseen this outcome and laid out the plan of salvation through Jesus so we would not lose the privilege of an endless lifetime with Him one day.
If this life of sin, pain, and sorrow was all there is, I’d tell you to live it up in any way that seems right to you. But thanks be to God, there is so much more awaiting those who love the name of Jesus.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed way. “- Revelation 21:4 CSB
So friend, as you live each day, keep eternity in view, in the forefront of your mind. Let that change how you live, knowing that today could very well be your last day on earth and when you wake up, at the sound of the mighty trumpet, you will begin an eternity with the King.
Father God, I thank you for placing in me a desire to do life with you for all eternity. Help me to live in a way that this life will prepare me for eternity with you. May my life be pleasing and honorable to you as well as purposeful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.