Hope, Laughter, Words of Endurance
God made us in His image.
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature…
God created human beings,
he created them godlike,
reflecting God’s nature.
GENESIS 1:26, 27 (THE MESSAGE)
So our laughter – unless it is cruel in intent – is a reflection of God’s nature! And part of God’s nature is a sense of humor. For example, God used a donkey – of all things – as a mouthpiece!
Then God gave speech to the donkey.
She said to Balaam:
“What have I ever done to you
that you have beat me these three times?”
NUMBERS 22:28 (THE MESSAGE)
Sarah – wife of Abraham – reflected God’s nature when she expressed her sense of humor and pleasure at the birth of her son Isaac when she was over 90 years old!
Abraham was a hundred years old
when his son Isaac was born.
God has blessed me with laughter
and all who get the news will laugh with me!
She also said,
Whoever would have suggested to Abraham
that Sarah would one day nurse a baby!
Yet here I am! I’ve given the old man a son!
GENESIS 21:5-7 (THE MESSAGE)
And what is so awesome is that we are promised God’s gift of laughter even after a season of weeping …
God blesses you who weep now,
for in due time you will laugh.
LUKE 6:21 (NLT)
And we are promised that we will be laughing and rejoicing into heaven and eternity!
In the same way God’s ransomed will come back,
come back to Zion cheering, shouting,
Joy eternal wreathing their heads,
exuberant ecstasies transporting them—
and not a sign of moans or groans.
ISAIAH 51:11 (THE MESSAGE)
The ability to laugh is one of God’s greatest gifts and a wonderful display of His nature. Plus it is a free gift for the Child of God. Christian humorist Barbara Johnson says …
“Laughter is the cheapest luxury we have.”
So go ahead – let loose – enjoy the blessing of laughter. God just might be laughing with you!
On the Journey with You,
Dave and Jan Dravecky