Today, we’re going to look at the need for balance and reality in the pursuit of pleasure.
Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
(Ecc 7:2) It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. (3) Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (4) The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. (5) It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. (6) For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
Ecc 11:7-9 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: (8) But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity. (9) Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Solomon wrote that there is a time for everything. Weeping and laughing have their place in life. There is a time to mourn and a time to dance. These words suggest the need for balance in life. A life that is only about having fun is out of balance and will be empty.
Amusement, entertainment and laughter don’t do much to build our character. The truth is that we grow through the hard times. Not only that, but our earthly life has an end. In the end, it isn’t our amusements that will matter most. You won’t lay on you death bed and wish that you had gotten to watch one more football game on TV. If we live with the end in mind, we won’t waste so much life now and regret as much later. Beyond all that, we have to give an account of our lives to God when the life is over.
What About You?
- Do you keep a proper balance between pleasure and the serious side of life?
- Do you live with the end, and impending judgment, in mind?