It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.
- Ecclesiastes 7:2
The preacher does not say that it is wrong to go to the "house of feasting..." he simply states that it is better to go to the "house of mourning." This is not a question of wrong or right. This is a question of good and better.
Why is it better to go to the house of mourning? It's better to go to the house of mourning because that is where you gain perspective. After you've gained perspective, the feast is far more enjoyable.
Why does Spring feel so incredible? Waking up to 70° weather and sunshine. The birds seem to chirp a little louder. Flowers smell a bit sweeter. Spring rolls into town and it’s as if new life has shed abroad in your heart. Spring is the season of feasting. Why?
Spring feels incredible because you’ve just spent three months in the winter. You’ve spent three months in the grey. In the cold. Spend three months in the winter of your mourning and the spring will feel glorious… the feast will taste tremendous!
Friends, when we learn that 1 grief outweighs 1,000 joys, only then will we know what Christianity is trying to teach us. Darkness is the tool that allows us to see the light. And the darker the night, the brighter the day. The longer we mourn, the more delectable the feast.
By God's design we are often thrown into the cellar of affliction. And this is good, for it is here that He keeps His best wine.
For those in the house of mourning, take heart, do not be discouraged, soon you shall feast.