“A good name exceeds the value of fine perfume, and the day of someone’s death exceeds the value of the day of his birth. 2 It’s better to attend a funeral than to attend a banquet, for everyone dies eventually, and the living will take this to heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because the heart is made better through trouble. 4 For the wise person thinks carefully when in mourning, but fools focus their thoughts on pleasure.”
At first glance you may think this scripture can be a bit morbid, however, Solomon is teaching us a valuable lesson. Before he was talking about eating, drinking, and enjoying life. Now he speaks about everyone will eventually die. It does not matter if you try to run and hide from it, death comes for us all. Instead of trying to block it out of your mind, you should embrace it for what it is worth. I do not mean to seek death; on the contrary, I want you to enjoy the life God has blessed you with. Live it honorably, and do what the Lord commands of us all.
Many religions see death as something bad that one must overcome to be stronger, but Christians see it as a defining moment to learn from. It is helpful to clearly think about death. Death reminds us all that we still have a chance to change our bad habits before it is too late. Death allows people to evaluate their lives and confess their sins to our Heavenly Father. Only then will we be forgiven and start to change our lives from the inside out.
As Christians we know that it is better to experience God’s mercy when we die than His justice. That is why death is so important, it is not something to fear, but a form of motivation in this life to stand up and be someone better than you were yesterday. This is how we can learn from death.
Maybe you have had a hard life or maybe you do not like religion. This is okay! Jesus Christ himself warned us not to be religious like the pharisees. Religious people like the pharisees hide behind religion to hold some sort of status and pushes others away from Christ.
“They claim to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified to do anything good.”
If you have not fully accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, I recommend that you do so. Seek him and accept His love in your life. Take the lesson that Solomon is teaching us about death and make a change in your life. I pray that this message reaches someone in need today. Please have a blessed day and remember John 14:6.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”