Contrasting Joy and Sorrow

Eccl. 7:3-4.

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.

Image result for eccl. 7:3-4

Continuing with the theme of v. 2 in this chapter, Solomon repeats the contrast between sorrow and mirth.

I think it’s important to understand that God is not saying the mirth, laughter, fun, and joy are bad things. He does say, in Proverbs 17:22, that a merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

Instead of condemning or forbidding laughter, God is pointing out that experiencing grief and loss can build character. It can help us become stronger, more compassionate, able to face the problems of life with more fortitude.

The best thing we can learn from sorrow and grief, when we know the Lord and are walking with Him, is that He keeps His promise to be with us always; He will never leave us or forsake us.

We do ourselves and our children harm when we protect ourselves and our children from ever having to experience grief and loss. These things are all a normal part of life.

2 thoughts on “Contrasting Joy and Sorrow

  1. Helen Rouze

    Thank you, Linda, for your words are so true! God is so good! Even through some of the worst trials we may endure; even through the happiest times, He IS with us; He understands.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s