|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “He has also set eternity in the hearts of man.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Trust what you sense to be true”
Anthropology is the scientific study of human beings down through the ages of history. Anthropologists research and analyze cultures and societies, past and present, to understand human behavior down through the ages and across geographical, language, and cultural boundaries. And one thing anthropologists have discovered to be true regarding humans in general, is a belief in a spirit world and in life after death. That tends to be true in almost all cultures down through history.
But why? Where does that belief come from? How could it be that regardless of the period of human history being considered, and seemingly despite geographic, language, and cultural issues, the overwhelming majority of humans have believed in a god or gods, a spirit world, and life after death?
The answer is that God has created humans with a sense of eternity in our hearts. That’s what Solomon meant when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has set eternity in the hearts of man.” God created humans with an innate and intuitive understanding that there is more than just the physical dimension we experience with our five senses, and there is more than just this lifetime.
That’s where faith in God comes from. Even if a person doesn’t know Him as the One True God; and even if they haven’t accepted His Son Jesus as personal Savior and Lord; human beings still have a sense deep down in their heart that there is a God, they do want to know Him, and they do want to please Him because they want to go to heaven.
Faith is born in the heart and is the result of a deep longing for God. God created us to want a relationship with Him. It’s part of our DNA. This is what the early theologian Saint Augustine meant when he wrote, “You have created us for yourself, oh God, and our hearts are searching, restless, until we find our rest in you.” It’s what the French philosopher Blaise Pascal was getting at when he wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of man that can only be filled by God.”
Deep down in your heart you know there is a God and you yearn to have a close relationship with Him. I encourage you to trust what you sense to be true.
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