Ecclesiastes 7:2-5 Make The Heart Better

Ecclesiastes 7:2-5 (KJV)
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Though most of what is found in Ecclesiastes must be read carefully and in context (the preacher frequently projects the cynicism of his worldly years into this book) my gut tells me what we read here is on the money.

Modern man places a premium on happiness, ease and comfort. Unfortunately modern Christianity, at least the American version, does too. I am convinced that joy, contentment and blessing are biblical goals for any Christian. But I don’t necessarily agree with the current tactics many Christians embrace to get them. Hardship, it turns out, is a valid means to blessedness.

Notice in verse three, “by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” Could it be that the moral climate of our world has been stunted precisely because we have grown too comfortable, too full, and too rich with joy? Could it be that, as our focus has been increasingly upon preventing anyone from suffering, we have produced degeneracy of heart?

I am not calling for a lack of compassion for the hurting but for a greater sacrifice from the comfortable. Only by visiting in the house of the mourning may we better our hearts and improve our character.

 

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Ecclesiastes 5:8 Higher Than The Highest

Ecclesiastes 5:8 (KJV)
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

It seems obvious doesn’t it? Indeed God is “higher than the highest.”

  • He is higher than all the angels 
  • He is higher than Satan and his devils
  • He is higher than the earth and the power of disasters 
  • He is higher than kings and all who are in authority 
  • He is higher than the wicked who oppress the faith of Christ and
  • He is higher than the violent who attack without provocation 

We know God is higher than the highest but, when trouble comes, it’s good to be reminded. 

 

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Ecclesiastes 5:8 Higher Than The Highest

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 What God Has Put In Our Heart

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV)
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Wow! There is so much in the phrase, “He hath set the world in their heart.” The Hebrew word is one that has to do with perpetuity and eternity. Because of this scholars have disagreed.

Does the passage have to do with the physical world?
No doubt man has a heart to:

  • know his world,
  • possess its treasures and
  • conquer its resources

It is so vast and expansive and our lives are so brief we can but understand mere bits of it.

Does the passage have to do with life after death?
It is easy to see that the heart of every man possesses some awareness of a life after this. Even those who deny eternal life like to believe that there is some remainder of them in their memory. They will at least attempt to perpetuate themselves in their children and children’s children.

The Hebrew word translated “world” carries as its primary meaning the concept of concealment. God has made us to know there is something beyond ourselves, something we cannot completely comprehend. God has given us this awareness, in many respects declared by creation, that these few short years must not be all there is. We know man must be capable of so much more than we ever attain.

God has put in the heart of man – the knowledge that God is.

 

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 What God Put In Our Heart

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV)
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Wow! There is so much in the phrase, “He hath set the world in their heart.” The Hebrew word is one that has to do with perpetuity and eternity. Because of this scholars have disagreed.

Does the passage have to do with the physical world?
No doubt man has a heart to:

  • know his world,
  • possess its treasures and
  • conquer its resources

It is so vast and expansive and our lives are so brief we can but understand mere bits of it.

Does the passage have to do with life after death?
It is easy to see that the heart of every man possesses some awareness of a life after this. Even those who deny eternal life like to believe that there is some remainder of them in their memory. They will at least attempt to perpetuate themselves in their children and children’s children.

The Hebrew word translated “world” carries as its primary meaning the concept of concealment. God has made us to know there is something beyond ourselves, something we cannot completely comprehend. God has given us this awareness, in many respects declared by creation, that these few short years must not be all there is. We know man must be capable of so much more than we ever attain.

God has put in the heart of man – the knowledge that God is.

 

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Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 Good Old Things

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (KJV)
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

There is an arrogance in man that is seldom well tamed. We have this idea that we can discover what has never been known before. The preacher of Ecclesiastes knew something of this arrogance and discovered it to be vanity. The weakness of a man is that, as soon as he finds that which is new, he learns it has been discovered before. This in no way implies man should stop learning, searching and discovering. It may be that what he learns, though by no means new, has been all but forgotten.

I read my Bible through two to three times a year. Very often the passage the Holy Spirit leads me to focus on is one that I have focused on in years gone by. Early on that would bother me. But then I realized that, though I had forgotten I had studied that passage in my daily visit with God before, there is always something I missed in a previous study and there is delight in revisiting what I had searched out before.

Who knows what men before us knew? We have forgotten the skills to build the pyramids of Egypt and the Aztecs. We have no clue what the civilizations before the flood had learned. So what if we one day discover that they had already discovered those things we have only just now discovered.

The joy, the delight, is not in finding something that was never known before. The delight is in discovering what we personally did not know before.

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Ecclesiastes 5:12 Whether With Little or A Lot

Ecclesiastes 5:12 (KJV)
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

The preacher of Ecclesiastes is not straight thinking and one must carefully consider his frame of mind before accepting what he says. It is possible that, though what he said is accurately preserved in the Bible, what is accurately preserved is not an accurate statement.

But this verse does ring true both in other sources in the Bible and in life in general. Indeed, to sleep sweetly at night is of much more significance that whether one has little or a lot.

  • I have met people who fight to sleep at night fretting over bills
  • I have met some others who struggle to sleep trying to land their next big job

Neither is in better shape than the other.

Better than both is to work as unto the Lord and trust Him with the outcome. It would be foolhardy to ignore obligations. It is wicked to make work and possessions our idol.

Work and work hard. Just work with the full understanding that your true employer is God. Responsibly pay your bills and live within your means. At all times leave your standard of living in the hands of the Lord.

Then you can sleep well whether it is with little or a lot.

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Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 Believe It and Move On

Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 (KJV)
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

This wrestling soul, who is Solomon, here muses on the immutability and eternality of God. Those believers who struggle in their souls tend to struggle with such things.

  • God knows everything
  • God sees everything before it happens
  • God is in the past present and future at the same time.

For God:

  • The past is now
  • The future is passed and
  • The present is just the same as past and future

The believer who is in his right state believes it and moves on. The one who struggles gets caught up in these things:

  • How can God know and not control
  • How can God control and not will
  • How Can God see and not stop what is bad

There is a difference between knowing “whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever” and trusting in it. Come to trust God’s righteous goodness and not just grudgingly accept His sovereign power.

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Ecclesiastes 2:17 Be Sure to Laugh

Ecclesiastes 2:17 (KJV)
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Wow! What a terrible place to be. To arrive at the conclusion that you hate life is about as low a place as a man can go in this life. Thousands reach that conclusion every year.

  • They come from all countries
  • They come from all educational levels
  • They come from every strata of income earning
  • They come from almost all age groups

Suicide is the most tragic of all deaths because it speaks of torment previous to the act. How many thousands more struggle through day after endless day hating life but not finalizing that hatred in suicide!

The preacher reveals his torment not so he may commiserate with others but to show us what led to this awful plight. This wasn’t accidental or fate. He came to hate life because of other influences.

He chose alcohol over laughter
Ecclesiastes 2:2-3
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.

Abraham Lincoln is said to have told humorous stories and to have laughed even while the Civil War was raging because he said that if he didn’t laugh he could not have continued to live. Too many choose to relieve their pain through drink or drugs rather than the good medicine of laughter.

He lost sight of judgment after death
Ecclesiastes 2:15-16
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool

The person who thinks that the worldly and foolish seem to ha e all the breaks have forgotten that life doesn’t end at death. The rich man and Lazarus both died and both continued living after death. My how their roles got reversed on the other side of death.

The preacher sought relief from pain in ungodly ways and forgot that a man’s story isn’t over at the grave. It was because of these two that he began to hate life.

We can love life and be filled with anticipation each new day when we wait upon God for the final judgment and look daily for reasons to be grateful and to laugh.

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