Eternity in the hearts of mankind

“Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Ps. 119:37 

That is my prayer for today.  To lay down my selfish, judgemental, self-righteous pride and find life in His word.  For my eyes to be fixed on Him.  His truth, His purpose, His call for my life for His glory.  Yes, I am self-conscious but I am learning that this life is not about me.  I find truth, comfort, healing, encouragement, joy, purpose and so much more in His life-giving word.  “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments” Ps. 119:45.  “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands” Ps. 119:73 because I am SLOW!

I recently attended a banquet for an organization called Young Life.  Their goal is to reach out to teens wherever they are and show them the hope that is in Christ alone.  Hearing teenagers tell stories of peer-pressure, drug abuse, sexual impurity, etc. and the redemption they personally found in a Savior was moving.  I couldn’t get out of my mind a verse I had read that day in Ecc. 3:11, “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.”  He has set eternity in the hearts of men . . . Perhaps, the longing we feel to know the significance of ourselves and what we do is just that.  God-placed eternity in our hearts.

Oh, the ways we try to quench the restlessness in our hearts, the desire for more, the yearning for something better!  The thought that we are just here on this earth for no real purpose at all is depressing.  If there is no purpose in this life, then why to we search for knowledge?  Why do we strive for things?  Why do we even try?  Could it be that there is something greater at work?  I think so.  I believe that the word of God is truth.  It has yet to let me down.  Since studying it I have found scientific proof that it was written in the time is claims to have been written.  All the prophesies have been fulfilled without error.  The prophesy for the end and Christ’s final return has yet to come, but I don’t doubt it for a second.  The bible so far has a record of 100 percent accuracy.  It’s not coincidence or chance, it is providence.  I no longer believe that things just work out the way they will.  I know that they work out the way God has planned it.  He uses the obedience and the disobedience of man to accomplish His plan for this earth.  The way He accomplishes His plan does not always make sense to me, but His thoughts are nothing like my thoughts and His ways are far beyond anything I can imagine (Jer. 55:8).  And for that I am thankful.

He chose to save a sinful humanity because He so loved us (John 3:16).   That is not the human way, that my friends, is a God with ways and thoughts that are nothing like ours.  Grace that is unlike anything our human mind can imagine.  Forgiveness that is unlike anything the human heart can give.  His word says, “I have swept away your sins like a cloud.  I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.  Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free” (Isa. 45: 22).  “I – yes, I alone – will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” (Isa. 43:25).  “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” (Isa. 45:22).  “Seek the Lord while you can find Him.  Call on him now while he is near . . . Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.  Yes, turn to God, for he will forgive generously” (Isa. 55:6, 7b).

He has set eternity in our hearts.  Each and everyone of us.  He created us for his purpose to worship and fellowship with him.  Don’t miss out on your God-given destiny.  You want to do something for the greater good?  Do something for the One True God.  Seek him.  That’s all He asks of you.  Turn to him so he can heal you, so he can restore you and remember your sins no more.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).  Someday we will all have to account for this life.  For our sins.  The wages of sin is still death and someone has to pay for our sins.  It’s either going to be us or Christ.  Accepting Christ means that his death paid the price for our sins.  His blood was shed in our place.  We don’t have to pay for them on the day of judgement.  I know it is hard to fathom, but remember His ways are not ours.  He is a holy and just God and we are human with a sinful heart.  Be a chicken with me.  Let Christ pay the price.  Let his death pay for your sins not your death.  Eternity.  Our hearts long for it, but will we choose it with Christ or without him?  “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him” Romans 4:7-8.

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~ by Elisabeth on February 9, 2009.

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