“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting …” (v2). Preferring mourning and sorrow to laughter and parties is a dramatic way of saying that shallow, thoughtless living is for fools. Wise people confront the fact of death and evaluate their lives. “For this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart” (v2). Knowing that we will all face death causes “the heart of the wise” to question our investments of money, time, affection, and passion (v4).
“Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" (v10). Today is the day in which we are called to serve the Lord.