“Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies – so the living should take this to heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2 NLT)
Old Solomon had some interesting sayings, especially in the book of Ecclesiastes.
What could Solomon be getting at: “Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties”?
Really? Don’t you just know that would make for a real, exciting life!
But maybe there is something to it.
Whenever I attend a funeral, I always think about eternity. You know, life beyond the grave. I realize not everyone thinks like me; some believe once your body dies, that’s it. Nothing else.
Others believe that when the body dies, the spirit and soul of the person travels at the speed of light, and arrives at some sort of holding pen, awaiting the final word, or “thumbs up/down”, from an angel of God. The final destination isn’t known until the very end.
Of course, I have my beliefs about eternity, which I believe are in agreement with the scriptures.
My beliefs in a nutshell? Man’s eternity is determined by their understanding of, and relationship with, God’s Son, Jesus.
Simply put: “he who has the Son has life, he who doesn’t has the wrath of God abiding on them” (John 3:36).
We’ll see who’s right.
I think that’s what Solomon was attempting to get across to his readers.
Think about eternity, people.
Don’t live your life as if there’s nothing more than just a pile of dirt awaiting you when you die. What you believe and do determines what happens when you finally “give up the ghost”.
Yep, I think old Solomon had this thought bouncing around in his brain when he wrote his notes:
“Today I may see God.”
And, you know, that could be true for you and I.