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IBC Women’s Blog July 28, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog July 28, 2019

Laugh By Jodie Montgomery

I put the word “laugh” in my word search of the Bible and came up with 39 references. Sometimes you have to be intentional about joy. I noticed that childbirth is related to laughter (I so get this). I saw that many dread being laughed at (this keeps us in check). I read that God laughs. I noted that most of the “laugh” references are in the Old Testament. Ironically, Job includes 1/8 of the “laughing” references. I groaned as many laughed in disbelief at the Lord Jesus Christ. I read that those that laugh inappropriately in this day and age will be reaping sorrow in eternity while those that currently mourn for His righteousness will laugh in His forever care.

Sarah and Abraham both laughed when God revealed to them that they would have a child in their old age. I love when Sarah celebrates Isaac’s birth by saying “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me. (Genesis 21:6)” One of my daughters told me that 32 is the new 28. I responded that 62 is not the new 58 for g-mas. You get this. She did too…apparently I sometimes come across as manipulative.

I hope I’m teachable regarding the passages on being a laughingstock. Judah is concerned about being a laughingstock when he committed sexual sin. Unfaithfulness to God results in Israel being a laughingstock to the nations they were to bless. The drunk are laughingstocks to many. Sometimes God’s faithful representatives discover they are laughingstocks as God does not seem to be avenging the injustice they suffer. To identify with God is to be laughed at.

The enemies of God are those that laugh at His messengers and at violence and famine. God Himself laughs at those that rebel against Him. “Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. (Psalm 2:1-4)” “The Lord laughs at him, for He sees his day is coming. (Psalm 37:13).”

Jesus silenced laughing witnesses by raising an official’s little girl from the dead. I wonder if He then laughed…

In these days, His people are called to mourn and weep because the heart of humankind needs healing. Thankfully, Christ Jesus teaches “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:21)” I so dearly love to laugh.