Have you ever read Ecclesiastes? I’ve read it many times over the years and always walked away with the same thing: Boy, this guy was a real cynic. I could be wrong, but it appears to me he complained a lot. He talked about working and toiling all of his life and for what? Only to find that what he ended up working for ended up in the hands of those who did not do anything to earn it.
He even knew about courrupt government in his day: If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. — Ecclesiastes 5:8 –
He saw the hypocrisy of those who sit in high places: Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there. I said in my heart,“ God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” — Ecclesiastes 3:16,17 –
Yes, this man of old had a lot to say. His words also warn us of pride, of being a fool, not to be rash with our mouths, to let our words be few, etc. All true, even in the midst of any cynicism.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a fine book. Sometimes when I start feeling like I want to tell the whole world to go suck an egg, I open up this book. It helps me put things in perspective in knowing there truly is nothing new under the sun. The same thing that went on back then, go on today.
I’ve been thinking about this particular passge the past few days:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. — Ecclesiastes3:11 –
Did you see that? God puts eternity in our heart! What does that mean? Well, I used to think it was nothing more than a simple little gospel ditty I used to sing. “This world ain’t my home, I’m just passing through.” Just something we Christians sat around and chatted about every now and then. Can’t wait to go to heaven. Can’t wait to leave this world. I’m heaven bound. Can’t wait to see Jesus. Yes, those of us who love Jesus have said those things at one time or the other. But some of us, (I’m thinking of myself here) have always said those words with such a heaviness.
BUT GOD>>>> He really can set eternity in our hearts in such a way that we no longer feel like we are just limping along with the cares of the world weighing us down! Please excuse me if I get a little over excited. This is a brand new thing for me. You see, I know there are a lot of you out there who already have eternity in your hearts. Some of you are the ones who live in places where you know if you just mention the name Jesus you will be thrown into a horrible prison, be tortured and/or killed. You have lost everything. You are looking forward to seeing your Savior. Eternity is in your heart and it awaits you. The God you look forward to seeing will sustain you in the days to come, my brother, my sister.
Then there are those who still have the cares of the world weighing them down. These are the ones I speak to. If you are anything like me, you have let every little thing weigh heavily on you. From family matters, relationships, world events, politics (that was a biggie for me), fear of future events. Some things I sought after in hopes of finding the truth led me to some bizarre things! All these things weighed me down and I was not even aware of how heavy until they were gone!
Let me assure you, this world is NOT our home. If we set our eyes upon Jesus and do not look to the right or to the left, HE IS faithful. Do not misunderstand: This is NOT something we do. I believe we have to reach a place where everything we have been filling our minds, our time, our lives with in hopes of some kind of fullfillment become dung to us. At some point, there has to be something in us that just gets sick and tired enough to say, “Enough! Lord, I don’t want no more. Ok, I have seen this and that. I’ve given such-n-such my best shot. I see where things are going but I can’t do a thing about it. HELP!” I believe that is when His grace steps in and makes it aware to us that He has set eternity in our hearts. By His Spirit and by His word He assures us that this world is not our home.
So I say to you who have not yet known what it is to have eternity set in your heart…are you sick and tired yet? Have you done all you know to do and find yourself limping along with the cares of the world on your shoulders? Then call out to Him. Tell Him you have had enough. You do not have to continue carrying that awfil load. He wants you to see and know this world is not your home. You already feel in your heart this world is not your home. That you are just a stranger in a foreign land. Your home is eternity, precious one. Jesus wants you to know that. Even if you do not have the strength to call out to Him, just make a little wimper. He will hear you.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
— 1 Corinthains 16:23,24 –