Augustine said, “Our souls our restless until we find our rest in Thee.” He was pointing to the drive within in all of us for eternal significance, purpose; a pursuit only fulfilled in reuniting with our maker.
Augustine got the pursuit right, but using the word “rest” might be a little misleading. Ecclesiastes 3.11b says, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Or later in verse 18-22: “I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?”
Although a better rounded view of eternity is available through New Testament Theology, I have to admire Solomon’s acute commentary of the world as it is. Yes, rest is found in God. No, that rest isn’t found this side of heaven. Until we are fully in the presence of God with a new heaven and new earth, we’re destined for frustration and limited purpose. The
My heart aches to be with Jesus. Although I am getting closer day by day, final fulfillment will have to wait for his return.