Eternity in Our Hearts
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God “has put eternity in [our] hearts.” Everything we long for and appreciate that is godly, loving, true, right, peaceful, secure, beautiful, and eternal all goes back to the Garden of Eden and God’s intention for humankind—to live forever in a state of beautiful heavenly joy.
Every person, whether they’re a Christian or not, has the spiritual DNA of Adam and Eve. It doesn’t matter how foul or sinful a person is. It doesn’t matter how much they want to deny it and rebel against it; even if they try to suppress the feeling, it’s still deeply imbedded within them. There is an understanding, a knowing, that there must be more than life on earth. Pastor and author Max Lucado wrote,
You were intended to live in your Father’s house. Any place less than his is insufficient. Any place far from his is dangerous. Only the home built for your heart can protect your heart. And your Father wants you to dwell in Him.
God wants all of us to be home with Him, and He put this deep longing for His eternity in our hearts. People may not be able to articulate it, but it’s there. Many people, without even knowing where the desire comes from, long for it, write about it, sing about it, and paint about it. “Home” is their true desire!
My friend Allen Shamblin wrote the Grammy Award winning song of the year “The House That Built Me.” Miranda Lambert recorded it. It’s a song about an earthly home, and it’s also a song about our heavenly home. When we hear the song we think, “If I could just go home; if I could just touch home.” Why? Because somehow we know home heals the brokenness of our hearts and we yearn to go to our eternal home.
Many of us are on that journey. Our destination is heaven. Not only do we have a longing for that place, but God is preparing it for His beloved. Here’s something beautiful to remember: as much as we can’t wait to get there, He can’t wait for us to come home.
The psalmist writes in Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” The Hebrew word for precious literally means “valuable.” We are valuable to Him. This too goes back to Eden. God walked the garden with Adam. There is something that happens when we enter into God’s presence and see Him face-to-face, eye-to-eye. What parent doesn’t love it when a child comes home? God feels the same way when we come home.
Eternity is in our hearts. It’s been there since the Garden of Eden. We sing about it, we write about it, and God can’t wait for us to get there.