Having eternity in our hearts
What does the worker gain from his struggles? I have seen the task that God has given the children of Adam to keep them occupied. 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 3:9-11
One of our character traits is to be in control of the events of our life. Yet, we discover that it is difficult to judge the events and respond accordingly. From the text, King Solomon stated that it is God alone who could see from the beginning to the end. Though God had placed eternity in man’s heart, individual person still has no control as to the outcome of his or her own life events. King Solomon was reflecting upon the realization of the futility of pursuing things of this world and still not find contentment and satisfaction. We have the tendency to try to find explanations to the enigmas of life yet we find ourselves continually grappling for answers. As King Solomon alluded to, acknowledging that life is a gift from God helps in changing the outlook even to the difficulties in life. In v. 10, “He has made everything appropriate in its time.” What also helps us in dealing with challenges in life is the expectation of experiencing eternity. Just like King Solomon, trying to explain life and its challenges with a limited time frame will not work. But once we realize that God has placed eternity in our hearts, we won’t be able to find the answers to all our questions not until we experience His presence with us for eternity. Our outlook in life determines our response. If we believe God and place our faith in Him, we will acknowledge that God will accomplish His purposes. Even if we do not understand everything that is happening in our lives right now, there will come a time that He will unravel all His plan when we enter with Him in eternity. So be sure that you are entering eternity with God for you had placed your faith in Him. Don’t forget the admonitions in the book of Ecclesiastes; “So remember your Creator in the days of your youth: Before the days of adversity come, and the years approach when you will say, “I have no delight in them”; before the sun and the light are darkened (12:1-2). “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity” (12:13).
Noel De Guzman