Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Listen For God's Laughter

When my Boy was younger and someone or something frightened him he would look at me or his dad to gauge our reaction, and then he would react in kind. He needed reassurance. He knew he would be okay if mom and dad were nonplussed about whatever it was that startled him.

Psalm 2:4, The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them [who plot against him].

Psalm 37:13-14, The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked for he knows their day is coming.

Psalm 59:8But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you scoff at all those nations [my enemies who rise up].

We never outgrow our need for reassurance. We’re still looking around for someone in charge, someone who isn’t worried about calamity or fearful things. Unless we look to the Father, we will always come up short, but we can trust God and his reaction to evil is to laugh. Not because it isn’t there but because he’s not worried. Hahahaha.

We can respond in kind – we can laugh. Just like the Proverbs 31 woman, we can laugh at the days to come because no weapon formed against us will prosper. It’s a promise given to the servants of the Lord (Isaiah 54:17)

Have you ever considered how God laughs? I’m certain it’s not a polite chuckle. I’m sure God’s laugh is the deep-down in your belly kind of laugh; an infectious laugh. It’s a laugh once you get going, you can’t stop. I believe that is exactly how the Lord laughs at the plans of the enemy – an hilarious, gut-busting laugh. Even though you may have trouble, the enemy can do no long-term destruction because the outcome has already been decided. Jesus has overcome.

God has a plan for you that is prosperous and intended to give you a glorious future (Jeremiah 29:11). God’s plan cannot be thwarted (Job 42:2); the word he declares will accomplish its purpose (Isaiah 55:11). Isn’t it ridiculously good news?

Next time, when you feel overwhelmed and want to cry yourself into oblivion, listen for God’s laughter and join him.

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