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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman
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God Has Put Eternity in Our Hearts

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.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
At Creation God placed a bit of evidence in the heart of man. That evidence is eternity. Every person understands, consciously or unconsciously, that he or she is an eternal being. We may laugh about it or reject and suppress it, but it still remains part of our inner man. It is as though we never really fit in our present milieu. Everything around us changes and in the end disappears; it has no true life and can neither satisfy nor comfort, neither communicate nor relate. The things of this world, creation, stare silently at us. We can appreciate a sunset or feel content after a pleasant holiday, but the positive feeling soon disappears, leaving us with a melancholic emptiness. It is as if a windshield separates us from true life. The heart asks, “Was that all?” Unsatisfied and restless, it continues to search.

The materialism of the world builds upon things that will disappear and that never can truly satisfy a person. Things, ideas, art, philosophy—everything created by man’s ability and within the confines of human life—can never deeply satisfy. These things might tickle the senses and offer temporary relief, but they cannot satisfy the longing that God has placed in our inner man. God has put eternity in our hearts. Therefore, only what is eternal can truly satisfy us.

That eternity exists in our hearts means that we are eternal beings. It does not mean that a person automatically comes to heaven. That requires faith, not only in Creation or in the Creator, but in the One He sent, Jesus Christ. Only in Jesus can we have peace with God. Our inner man is transformed, and the eternity that God put in our heart meets the Eternal One through the life of the Spirit. We are then prepared to spend eternity with Him when our life on earth is over.


God, I thank You for sending Jesus so I might receive eternal life and live with You throughout all eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.