“The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them. She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, (Job 39:13-16)
Ah here we have the ostrich, a senseless bird. Males are black and white and the females grey in their feathers. Yet was the Lord putting this hear to give us a science lesson on big large birds, or is there more for us to see here.
Proverbs says “A wise woman builds her house but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1)
The Bible is not saying only of women, yet foolish man or woman alike live in such a way as to destroy their own hard work and prove their efforts vain. We all could be foolish if we are not sensible and learners of the Lord’s Word and counsel. (See also 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”(Matthew 7:24-27 –
The ostrich here “flaps joyfully” a kind of laxadasical and complacent giddy bird described. Not serious or wise but just about a good time.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools. Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 7:4-6 –
God is not against pleasure or laughter or fun times. This is not what this means. Yet if we are wise we know life itself is not just fun and games and there is a time to be serious, vigilant and sound, and there is a time for enjoyment. There is time to work hard and make effort and then there is time to relax and enjoy ones self.
Yet as the quote of our modern times goes “Live for the moment”
However, “If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God —I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:32-34)
Our 21st century culture is a human culture just as it was then, and humanity remains the same.
Humanity is apart from the knowlege of God, all about “Fun” and there was an old song that said “Everybody is living for the weekend”
Yet we as believers should live for the eternal. Even if the world around us lives for the next thrill, party, or getting wasted again when they have enough time money to do so.
Let us beware not to do as the rich man did in Jesus’s parable “And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:16-21 –