Once upon a time when my babies were small, kissing boo-boos satisfied them though the tears continued to leak from their eyes. I remember the day reality hit, and my five year old called me out on the whole “kiss-my-boo-boo-Mommy” tact. When I offered to kiss his owie, he promptly retorted, “That doesn’t work Mommy.”
So, we got out the wash cloth and medicine. As I went to work on his bleeding scrape he hollered at me, “That’s making it WORSE!”
But honestly? Sometimes things really do get worse before they get better. My recent Bible study on the phrase “it is better” was quite educational—in fact, I uncovered the idea that many of the feel bad things in life are actually “better” for us. So, the question becomes how can things that we think of as bad, actually be better?
The answer is unearthed by diving into God’s word and searching out His meaning by these words.
STUDY NOTE: The best way to discover what God means by HIS words is to press pause on our own pre-conceived notions about who God is and how He works. Ask God to help you extract His meaning in the words, rather than trying to insert a meaning into the words we already “know.”
Let’s come at the following texts afresh together looking to hear from God!
“Mourning” is Better?
My go-to verse whenever I am faced with death is Ecclesiastes 7:2—“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.” (ESV)
Yep. You read that right. King Solomon said it. And it’s in the Bible, so it’s true.