The Living Will Lay It To Heart

“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” (Ecc. 7:2). 

The world feasts, laughs, and entertains itself in an ever-eloquent distraction from death. It uses all its resources to maintain and prolong life and to keep itself from any thought of the end. It chases the wind and comes up empty. It has no answer. No solution. All mankind will pay this debt. Satan loves nothing more than the human mind that is stimulated to the point of believing itself indestructible. He is the father of lies, of distraction. The believer, on the other hand, willingly meditates upon these things, laying the inevitable to heart with thoughts of human frailty, final judgment, and the coming kingdom. This outlook keeps them from envying the wicked way. In a moment of enlightenment, the Psalmist proclaims, “then I discerned their end” (Ps. 73). It also reminds the Christian of his pilgrimage and gives him a foretaste of heaven. His cry is ever, ‘I want a better country!’ And, indeed he will find one at the end of his road, for the Son of God said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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