“I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” –Ecclesiastes 3:10-11
Sinclair Ferguson wrote on these verses:
He realised that the frustration he felt at his inability to make sense of things on his own was actually the result of a God-given burden. God created a world of beauty in space and time; but he also made us to know him and to live in his presence; he thus set eternity and a desire for it in our hearts. Consequently, we can never be finally satisfied with anything the world can offer us. Made as God’s image, created for him, we must remain forever dissatisfied until we live in fellowship with him and for his glory. We were made for eternity, not merely for time; we were made for God’s presence, not merely for life in the space-time continuum. No wonder, then, if there is confusion and frustration when we turn away from him. It should not surprise us that, if we choose to live in the dark, we cannot see.
But sin does more than frustrate; it makes us fugitives from our destiny. Yet in our sinfulness we remain plagued by a sense of homesickness. Nothing in this world can ever relieve us of that pain.
The principle of humanism—this material world is all there is—does not and cannot account for the way things actually are, or for what we ourselves are…Why is this? It is because the famous words in which Augustine echoed the Pundit are still true:
You have made us for for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.
There is nowhere else to go, no other fountain from which we can drink if we are to quench our thirst. God alone can do that. (Pundits Folly, pgs. 44-46)