Ecclesiastes 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.”
If God has put eternity in our hearts, is it any wonder why people try so hard to live longer? God made us in His image and He is eternal. He remains the same and His years never end (Psalm 102:27). When God created man, He breathed into him the breath of life (Genesis 2:7); breath that was eternal. So it’s in our DNA to want to live forever, and we spend much time, effort and money attempting to prolong life and remain youthful. The search for the “Fountain of Youth” has been around for thousands of years, and people will probably continue to search for it, without success, until the earth ceases to exist. But as the saying goes: “We’re barking up the wrong fountain.” Genesis 2:9 tells us that in the middle of the Garden of Eden was the “tree of life”, not a fountain. According to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, the Garden of Eden’s tree of life was a means of preserving and promoting life for Adam and Eve in their blissful state.” But Scripture tells us in Genesis 3:22 that after the fall of man, God commanded that people could no longer eat from the tree of life and live forever. So no matter what advances are made in life-prolonging products, medicines, or activities, ultimately old age will catch up to all of us as my husband and I are sadly witnessing with our elderly parents. And while taking care of ourselves and staying healthy is good, we need to remember that it is only with a transfusion of Jesus’ blood that anyone can achieve eternal life, and that life lived in the Spirit and by God’s Word keeps us spiritually vigorous.
If only we put as much effort into our spiritual lives, which are eternal, as we do trying to maintain our earthly lives. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where wrinkles, and gray hair and arthritic joints destroy (my amplified interpretation, Matthew 6:19). “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Definitely something for me to think about as I look in my bathroom closets and drawers at the small treasure chest of products I have collected attempting to prolong the inevitable. Where is my heart? Is it so focused on physical life that my spiritual life is lacking vigor? 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to “…fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” We need eternal vision which we find through the lens of God’s Word. Like putting on night vision goggles that allow you to see more clearly in the dark, God’s Word helps us to see spiritual things more clearly through the darkness of our physical world. If our focus is on eternal and spiritual things, we won’t be as disheartened by the effects of aging. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). The good news is that God will return to believers the right to eat from the tree of life in the “paradise of God” after Jesus’ return (Revelation 2:7). But in the meantime, where will you fix your eyes?
What is limiting your spiritual vigor?
How are you being renewed day by day?