BCL Grow: Brevity of Life — Ecclesiastes 7:1-2

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Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 (Perseverance)

Bible Passage

A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death than the day of birth.
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 7:1-2


“At a birth (and, to draw on the next few verses, on all festive and gay occasions) the general mood is excited and expansive. It is no time for dwelling on life’s brevity or on human limitations: we let our fancies and our hopes run high. At the house of mourning, on the other hand, the mood is thoughtful and the facts are plain. If we shrug them off, it is our fault: we shall have no better chance of facing them.” — Derek Kidner, The Message of Ecclesiastes, p. 65.

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: God has numbered your days and your life is in his hands. Consider the brevity of life and how with God’s wisdom you can love God and others with the time you have.

2. Remember: Even Jesus groaned and wept at the death of Lazarus. As we also mourn the death of family and friends, remember the defeat of death by Christ Jesus who died so that those who believe in him will live.  

3. Rejoice: In Christ Jesus we have the sure hope right now of our inheritance he keeps for us in heaven—eternal life (Rev. 21:3-4)!

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