Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Today’s verse requires context to make sense out of it. The first phrase alone requires this as He has made everything beautiful in its time follows a fairly inclusive list to describe everything in its time.

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

After this we have the second phrase in verse eleven He has also set eternity in the human heart which is in opposition to all the transient things listed above. MacLaren’s Expositions tells us no matter how temporary a man’s circumstances may be

he has relations to something more lasting than the transient. He lives in a world of fleeting change, but he has ‘eternity’ in ‘his heart.’ So between him and his dwelling-place, between him and his occupations, there is a gulf of disproportion. He … bears within him a repressed but immortal consciousness that he belongs to another order of things, which knows no vicissitude and fears no decay.

Whether it be work or family or life in general we have all experienced (and are likely experiencing) the drama of life, both positive and negative, while we go about our daily, weekly, monthly activities. And in spite of all the drama we experience we know somewhere in our hearts it is transitory and there is something more, something lasting, something eternal.

Even though we know, we really know, there is something more we simply cannot understand it or as the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. That is the crux of the matter, God is God and we are not. Still, nonetheless He set knowledge of eternity in the human heart.

Why one might ask? I believe it is so we would seek the eternal, we would seek God, seek knowledge of Him, seek a relationship with Him. How are we to do this? Bible study is one way, prayer is another, fellowship with other believers still another. They all work, but all work best in union with each other.

We may never understand eternity, but we can experience eternity in a very positive way if we enter eternity knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.