DEVOTION – DAY 89

Ecclesiastes 3:11a “Eternity In Our Hearts”

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11a “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.”

 

If we look around our natural world, we will be amazed at how beautiful it is. It is a powerful testimony that there must be a Creator behind it all. The beautiful sunrise or sunset. The amazing variety and beauty in flowers. The soothing sound of waves on the shore. These are just some examples of how God has made everything beautiful in its time. That same God has also set eternity in the human heart. Why does He do that and what does it mean?

Although the world is indeed beautiful, this world is not to be our final home. Our home is to be where God is. And that means that humans can never find true and lasting satisfaction in anything that this world has to offer. That is why we will eventually get so used to a certain view from our windows that we do not even notice it anymore no matter how beautiful it is. That is also why we may become excited when we wear a new shirt the very first time but by the tenth time we wear the same shirt, we have lost interest in it. This is because we have been made with eternity set in our hearts. So, where can we find lasting satisfaction? The answer is in Ecclesiastes 3:12-14. God’s people will find true meaning in life and lasting satisfaction when they accept it from the hand of God. Verses 12-14 “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.”

Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing, was a famous singer and actor. He had many fans but he also found life meaningless and he suffered from depression. He ended his life one day when he committed suicide when he was 46 years old. His money and his fame did not satisfy him. Let us contrast that with the life of John Sung Shang Chieh. He was born in 1901 and he died in 1944 at the age of 43 years old. He became a Christian in 1927 and he felt God’s call to serve Him full time. He was a gifted preacher and by 1936, more than 100,000 Chinese were converted to Christianity because of his ministry. He travelled throughout China and South East Asia as an evangelist. At the age of 43, he fell ill and died. He died as he lived serving the Lord. In these two examples, we have Leslie Cheung who thought he would find satisfaction in things of this world only to become dissatisfied because God was not in the picture. Then, we have John Sung who devoted his life to serving God and found deep satisfaction in what he did. Although he died young, his legacy continues on today because the work that he did was eternal.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for setting eternity in our hearts. May everyone seek and find lasting satisfaction in a personal relationship with you through your Son, the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In His name we pray. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. From what or whom do you seek satisfaction from?
  2. Does the satisfaction last?
  3. How can you serve God and how does serving Him satisfy you deeply? How do you see your service for Him having eternal values?