INTRODUCTIONIf the average person were asked whether they would rather laugh or cry, the answer would be obvious. Yet, our thoughts are not always in line with God’s thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). According to the Bible, "Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better" (Ecclesiastes 7:3). Laughter is much more enjoyable than sorrow, but we learn very little in laughter. Sorrow, on the other hand, teaches us and molds us into better servants for our Lord. This is by no means to say that laughter is evil or harmful, but that sorrow is better from God’s perspective. Solomon spoke of laughter in Ecclesiastes 2:1-2. He gave himself to mirth and pleasure, but in the end found it to be vain.
- (For smaller children) Even though we don't like sorrow, it brings us closer to God. When the psalmist found troubles and sorrow, he prayed (Psalm 116:3-4). Troubles also caused him to learn the word of God (Psalm 119:71).
- Laughter is enjoyable, but often ends in heaviness (Proverbs 14:13). In what ways does laughter offer a temporary escape from the cares of the world?
- How is sorrow a better teacher than laughter? What are some times of sorrow in your life where you learned the most? What are some times of laughter where you learned?
- Ask the Lord to help you see things from His perspective.
- Ask the Lord to give you laughter and sorrow in His time.