Ecclesiastes 3:11 - The Beauty of Eternity In Our Hearts.

Ecclesiastes 3:11: The Beauty of Eternity In Our Hearts.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) He has made everything beautiful in its 
time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can 
fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) 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 Gods work from 
beginning to end.  

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP) He has made everything beautiful in its 
time. He also has planted eternity in men's hearts and minds [a 
divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which 
nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot 
find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.  


   I have no navigational skills whatsoever. Im always 
getting lost, so I like to use a GPS. But people have been misled when 
using a GPS. I read about a Boston woman who made a right turn onto 
railroad tracks at the direction of her GPS. Even worse, her van got 
stuck on the tracks. She and her kids were able to get out safely 
before the van was hit by a commuter train. 
   In Oregon, a couple got stranded for three days in the snow 
because they followed the directions of their GPS onto a remote road 
that was impassable. They spent two nights stuck in the wilderness. 
   I think GPS really stands for get potentially stranded. It 
can get you into trouble. 
   God has created certain animals with what we call a homing 
instinct, or a built-in GPS. And God has placed a homing instinct in us as 
human beings uniquely made in the image of God. We dont know what 
it is at first. But we know this much. From the moment we are born, 
we are on a quest. 
   It starts with toys. We think if only we had a certain toy, 
then we would be happy. Then we get older. We think a certain 
position or relationship or thing will make us happy. Then hopefully we 
discover that what were really looking for is God. We have a homing 
instinct for Heaven. We have a homesickness for a place weve never 
been before. God wired us that way. 
   The Bible says that God has planted eternity in the human 
heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT). Once we figure this out, once we 
realize that our ultimate destination as followers of Jesus is Heaven, 
it changes the way that we think, and it changes the way that we 
live. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


   Look around you. Are people ever completely satisfied? Who 
has enough money? Who has a perfect marriage or family relationship? 
Who has perfect health? Who has all of his or her desires fulfilled? 
We are always searching for more.  
   King Solomon had everything under the sun, but nothing truly 
satisfied him. And like Solomon, even if we had it all, we would discover 
that deep within is a need that nothing can fill. That need is a 
desire for something eternal, for something more than what we find from 
day to day. God planted that desire in us, and only he can satisfy 
   So we search for him. And as his Word promises, when we 
search with all our hearts, we will find him. And when we find him, we 
can't help but respond in love and worship. As you respond in worship, 
thank God for giving you purpose in life and hope for something beyond 
this life, Worship allows us to experience a glimpse of the glory 
that awaits us in heaven. [The One Year Bible for New Believers] 


   Think about the promise of Ecclesiastes 311, "he has made 
everything beautiful in its time." This signifies that there will be 
unavoidable things in your life that appear to be ugly, unwanted, and 
uncomfortable. No doubt, there are issues that immediately spring to 
mind--there's nothing good about them as far as you can see. 
   Perhaps that's because there are just too many overwhelming 
unknowns about your situation that blind you to the good God is doing. Or 
maybe you're simply so bogged down and disheartened by your load that 
you can't imagine it ever getting any better. Don't be surprised 
that there are supposed to be seasons like that in your life (see l 
Pet. 4:12, 13). 
   Why does God burden us with such times? The second part of 
Ecclesiastes 311 teaches, "He has put eternity in their-hearts, except that 
no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to 
end. Verse 14 adds, "Whatever God does, it shall be forever." 
   Though you may never know everything God is doing in your 
life, you can always count on the fact that God is preparing your 
heart for eternity. Second Corinthians 4:17 says, "Our light 
affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more 
exceeding and eternal weight of glory." Your seasons of trials - however 
long and heavy they may seem - are brief and light compared to the 
great things God is doing in you (see Rom. 8:18-21, 28), 
   As you've been promised in Ecclesiastes 3:11, this difficult 
situation will eventually be beautiful in your sight. Is that hard for you 
to envision? It's okay - because God's wonderful plans for you are 
by definition beyond imagination (see Eph. 3:20, 21). So until you 
see God's lovely workmanship taking shape in your circumstances, 
just hold on to His promise. Eventually, this season will be over, 
and you'll find that it was all worth it. [Life Principles SB By 
Charles Stanley re Ecc. 3:1-14] 

   God is writing a story. But like all great stories, its full 
of ups and downs, twists and turns, and impossible situations that 
seem to have no possible solution. No one is moved by a story with 
perfect characters and a few bumps in the road, but grand epics with 
plenty of humor and drama and happy endings are inspiring. That's the 
kind of story God is writing. And each one of us is in the middle of 
   Many people have chosen to judge God in the middle of the 
story. That's easy to do; if any fictional character could talk to his 
author, he would likely have plenty of complaints about the brutality of 
the plot. That plot often seems to go in the wrong direction, but 
the character doesn't yet see the end. If he could, he would be 
encouraged. But when everything looks bleak, as all good plots do at times, 
we tend to judge the author for letting us down. 
   God makes everything beautiful in its time. The Kingdom story 
doesn't end in the middle, when everything looks bleak. It doesn't leave 
us hanging in impossible situations, wondering how we might 
possibly survive and lamenting that the enemy seems to get away with 
everything. No, this plot is the kind that intrigues audiences with its 
twists, amazes us with its resolution, and provokes thunderous applause 
at the end. We might be sitting on the edge of our seats and biting 
our nails all the way through, but when it's over, we exhale and 
talk about it being the best story ever. It's beautiful - in its 
   Trust God in the middle of the story. Don't draw any 
conclusions until you see what His conclusions look like. Know that the plot 
ends well, and whatever obstacle you're facing today is a normal 
twist for a great storyteller like God. We are not living in the midst 
of a tragedy; the Kingdom story is both stunning and satisfying. 
And it's beautiful in its time. [The One Year Heaven On Earth 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


   Maybe you were blessed to have a dad or mom who read fairy 
tales to you when you were a child. Most of us can remember the last 
few words of each story: "And they lived happily ever after." No one 
had to explain what those words meant. We just knew. We understand 
those words because today's Scripture explains that "[God] has also 
set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has 
done from beginning to end." God has placed within us a strong sense 
of "happily ever after," and yet there are things about life today 
we simply can't fathom. Yes, we were made for eternity - and it's 
in the deepest places of our hearts. We were also made for earth, 
however, and earth is no fairy tale. But the true Prince has kissed you 
with His peace, and He has promised that, together with Him, you will 
one day live happily ever after. 
   Lord, we long for happy endings. We long for reconciled 
marriages, the return of prodigal children, and the cure for cruel diseases 
that tear loved ones from us. But many of those happy endings are out 
of reach. Fill my heart today with thoughts of my eternal home, 
where there will be no endings at all. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni 
Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 


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