Thursday, February 16, 2006

Filling Eternity

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

"He has also set eternity in the hearts of men"--this is why we long for so much. There's always an aching desire, a quest for satiation, a nirvana that the inner man searches for.

We see our feet planted on the ground, so we mistakenly look for eternity on earth only to return empty-handed. C.S. Lewis explains why:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

But why do we look so intently at our empty hands? Do we dare shake our fists against the Almighty and demand that they be filled now? "He has made everything beautiful in its time." The Sovereign God can see through all time and has determined our steps. This truth should disperse our fears and lead us to humility. We "cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end" but we can know this God who holds eternity in the palm of His hands.


John Piper preached on the hunger that can be satisfied (he mentions Ecc. 3:11 and CS Lewis' quote). Read it here >


brokensaint said...

lumipat ka na pala.
tagal ko na kase hindi nakakapag-surf e.



polaris said...

hi raden! onga, mukhang busy ka sa work no? cge, bisita din ako sa website mo...

Anonymous said...

thanks ate! i needed that.
Dios te bendiga!
your latina ate

slither dude said...

this adds explanation for our propensity for idolatry diba? we yearn for something beyond this world, yet we're stuck here. we then grab the eternal and box it to something finite.

waaaaaaaaaaah. hehehehehe.

kamusta kaya ang sunset ngayon sa batibot, no? Ü

polaris said...

yup...propensity for idolatry is correct. my pastor likes to say our hearts are "idol factories".

waaaah! sunset sa batibot!!! *sigh*.