In today’s reading Ecclesiastes 1 – 3 I chose the following verses. Up front, I would say this book is one that troubles me more than the others. It troubles me trying to figure out the mind of the writer – Solomon – yet I do see things too. Maybe it is because of my own struggle with life, and learning to enjoy what God has given me.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in His time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” Ecclesiastes 3:11-15
In verse 11 we are told that God “He has set the world in their heart…”. That word [world] is not the word for cosmos; it is interpreted in some translations including the NKJV, and the ESV as “eternity”, and that is not a wrong translation – One of Strong’s says, “time out of mind (past or future)”.
Adam and Eve had the perfect setting for life and living, yet Adam sinned in eating the fruit which was forbidden, and lost that fellowship with God, and the perfect setting. Since then all of us of Adam’s kind have had a searching, yearning desire for that which is eternal. There is a longing in all of us to live forever. Yet it cannot be because of our sin, our transgressions against God and His word.
We search. We desire more things to fill the void of that eternal desire, yet cannot find it.
It is available to all who will hear. The place Adam and Eve had with God before their sin has been renewed, redeemed through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Eternity is renewed through the gift of grace displayed by the death of Jesus on that cross. That is the only available way to eternal life in the presence of the glory of God. Believe Him. Eternity can be yours with Him.