Vexation

Ecclesiastes 7:3

3Frustration is better than laughter,   because a sad face is good for the heart. 

The original term translated ‘frustration’ is properly interpreted ‘vexation’ or ‘irritation’ with anger. Can one be vexed or annoyed and not necessarily angered? Would you be frustrated when your expectation is not what happened? The wise king of Israel, King Solomon, concluded that frustration is better than laughter but most often, we would rather laugh than frustrated. King Solomon teaches also in Proverbs 17:22, 22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.   

Normally, a cheerful heart is associated with laughter but the wise king did not equate a cheerful heart to laughter. Actually, he even teaches in Proverbs 14:13, 13Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. One may have a good laugh but not necessarily be glad. Another may have tears on his eyes but has cheerful heart. Clowns laugh out loud or make others laugh but their sadness may have been masked. Stoics would not make silly laughter but could have cheerful heart.

At the conclusion of Toronto Raptors championship parade, their star player ended his speech with his signature laughter. Surely, he was glad to be 2019 NBA champions and chosen Most Valuable Player in the NBA Finals. When he laughed before multitude of adoring fans, was he glad that he has proven wrong those who doubted his basketball ability? In comparison, the recently selected number 1 overall in the 2019 annual NBA draft had tears of joy. The number 1 in the NBA draft is assured of highest salary among NBA rookies.

It says in Ecclesiastes 2:2, 2“Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” Seriously, what causes you to laugh? Should we laugh for the assurance of living with Christ in eternity? It says in James 4:9-10, 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Lord Jesus, let my heart be cheerful for saving me.

><((‘> .. ><(((‘> … ltsii/2019 … <‘)))>< .. <‘))><

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.