Our area of Alsace, France boasts some famous former residents. This is the home in Goxwiller where Jean-Paul Sartre, the French philosopher, lived for a time. This French philosopher was an existentialist and had quite an influence through his books and plays. Knowing that he was an atheist, I was surprised to see this quote; “That God does not exist, I cannot deny. That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.”
I could not help but think of this verse when I read that quote. The Lord has placed in the heart of every human a desire for God and thoughts about life after death. The idea and longing for eternity comes from Him. Without eternity, this temporal life makes no sense. Without eternity we would all be saying with Solomon, “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.”
We were not made for just this earthly life. As beautiful as our world is, it is not enough. We are created for something more. And that something more surpasses every imagination. Eye has not seen, ear has not heard and no human mind can even conceive of all that God has prepared for those who love Him (I Cor. 2:9). Try as we might, we cannot fathom all that God has done and all He will do.
It is inconceivable to me that one can ignore or deny the eternity that God has placed in our hearts. I am His special creation, designed to live forever. And Christ has made it possible to spend that eternity with Him.
Thank you Lord, for placing eternity in my heart!