Greg Laurie Harvest Daily Devotional

Spring Sale! Get 50% off your PLUS subscription. Use code SPRING
<< Greg Laurie Daily Devotions

The Human Homing Instinct - Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - November 5

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Human Homing Instinct

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt).

I have no navigational skills whatsoever. I’m always getting lost, so I like to use a GPS. But people have been misled when using a GPS. I read about a Boston woman who made a right turn onto railroad tracks at the direction of her GPS. Even worse, her van got stuck on the tracks. She and her kids were able to get out safely before the van was hit by a commuter train.

In Oregon, a couple got stranded for three days in the snow because they followed the directions of their GPS onto a remote road that was impassable. They spent two nights stuck in the wilderness.

I think GPS really stands for get potentially stranded. It can get you into trouble.

God has created certain animals with what we call a homing instinct, or a built-in GPS. And God has placed a homing instinct in us as human beings uniquely made in the image of God. We don’t know what it is at first. But we know this much. From the moment we are born, we are on a quest.

It starts with toys. We think if only we had a certain toy, then we would be happy. Then we get older. We think a certain position or relationship or thing will make us happy. Then hopefully we discover that what we’re really looking for is God. We have a homing instinct for Heaven. We have a homesickness for a place we’ve never been before. God wired us that way.

The Bible says that God “has planted eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt). Once we figure this out, once we realize that our ultimate destination as followers of Jesus is Heaven, it changes the way that we think, and it changes the way that we live.

Copyright © 2018 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.

For more relevant and biblical teaching from Pastor Greg Laurie, go to
Listen to Greg Laurie's daily broadcast on

Watch Greg Laurie's weekly television broadcast on


In thanks for your gift, you can receive This Dangerous Book

It is the top selling book in history. It brings social upheaval, international arguments, and political controversy. And for generations, it has found its way into the hearts of millions, offering comfort, direction, and life-changing truths. Learn more about this unique book in an incredible resource from Steve and Jackie Green called This Dangerous Book.

This book is our thank-you gift to you when you donate to Harvest Ministries today.

More Greg Laurie Daily Devotions Articles