I’ve never had a problem with Ecclesiastes 7. Many people do. They would rather ignore death, pretend as if it doesn’t exist. They don’t ever think about how they are moving closer toward it with each passing day. But you simply can’t ignore it. Death is like a magnet, an engulfing hole, something you simply cannot escape. It will grab you eventually.
Personally, I think of death often. I consider that my life is likely over 1/3 expired. It’s appointed for man to live 70 years. The rest is bonus time. So thinking about this, it motivates me to action. It motivates me to invest my talents.
When Solomon tells us that the house of mourning is better than the house of feasting, I have no problem with it. I’ve never had a problem going to the house of mourning. In fact, I think there is much more to learn in the house of mourning than the alternative. See, we must remember the truth. And the truth is there is wisdom in the house of mourning.
The truth is: Wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.