“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting.” Ecclesiastes 7: 2. Gary’s paraphrase; It is better to be at a funeral than to be at a party. I always take a longer glance at Old Testament scripture that reminds me of what Jesus taught. “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5: 4.
What does scripture mean that mourning is better than revelry? Ecclesiastes continues: “for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the heart of pleasure.” There are so many things in this life that distract us from God. I know that when I have been out of God‘s will, it is in the stillness and darkness of night that reality comes to my mind and spirit. I know that when I was without Christ and had no relationship with God it was at night and in silence the horror of my reality set in. I could not wait for daylight to come and the business to take me away from reality. To me this is what Jesus meant by “Blessed are those who mourn”, it is in the disastrous times and the worst of times that we are forced to face reality. I have found that the worst times of my life have turned out to be, eventually, the greatest blessings. God has, because of them brought me closer to him, and because I am closer to him I have more joy! There is nothing wrong with having fun, but for all of us, at times, we use it to ignore or forget about our condition or relationship with God. Gary’s paraphrase; the heart of the wise face reality, the heart of fools say “party on”.