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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: To Laugh at God
By Lisa Beaman


I love to laugh! I love to hear, read or see a funny story. I would so much rather see a comedy than a tear-jerker. I would rather laugh than be frightened or serious. Laughter not only demonstrates joy and happiness, but sometimes it creates many feel-good emotions!

However, even though laughter is a good thing, it is not always appropriate:
* Have you ever laughed at your preschooler while trying to discipline them?
* Have you ever laughed at someone else’s preschooler while they were disciplining them?
* Have you ever laughed at someone else’s expense?
* Have you ever gotten the giggles during communion?
* Have you ever gotten the giggles during a somber funeral?

Laughter is good. A sense of humor is valuable. Giggles can create friendships and bind families together. Yet as Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh”. Sometimes, the timing on our laughter is a little off.

Such was the case of Sarah.

In Genesis 18:1-15 we can read of a time when Sarah’s laughter was in poor taste. Three visitors informed Abraham that by the next year he and his wife would have a son (Gen. 18:10). Sarah, in her old age, “laughed to herself”. How sarcastic and cynical she must have sounded to God when she said, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Gen. 18:13)

Sometimes we too can be guilty of laughing at God. Many times our lack of faith, our cynicism, and our sarcastic attitudes can in essence be laughter in His face.

How does our lack of faith insult Him? Do we ever demand to know how He’s going to provide for us instead of completely putting a situation in His hands?

The human race in a very demanding one, we want to know what, why, when, where, and how. When God gives us promises that seem out of the realm of possibility, do we say “Yes Lord!” or do we laugh and sarcastically say, “Yeah, right!”

In response to Sarah’s laughter, the visitor asked, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14) The answer, of course, is no! Nothing is too hard for God. Anything is possible. God can do anything! It is as the angel told the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Do you believe that? Do you believe that God can make a success out of your life? Do you believe that He can sustain your family? A major part of our relationship with God is our belief. He will come through for us; we just have to believe Him.

God had the last laugh in Sarah’s story. She gave birth to a son, just as God had promised and she named him, Isaac. When he was born she said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” (Gen. 21:6)

Like I said, I do love a funny story!

(All scripture is from NIV)
2004 copyright - Lisa D. Beaman

Member Comments
Member Date
Joanne Malley10/25/04
I never thought of laughing at God until I read your story and it hit me between the eyes.
It certainly is something we, as humans, do. And, you're right...He does get the last laugh.
Thanks for your insight.
Melanie Kerr 10/25/04
It is always good to have another person's perspective on a story that we are familiar with.
Mitzi Busby10/26/04
Lisa, great insight!
Phyllis Inniss 10/26/04
Yes, it's good to have another's viewpoint on something we already know. Thanks for sharing. I love the article.
Marina Rojas10/27/04
Oh, this article was very thought provoking....thank you for a serious side of laughter, while giving a lot of good reasons to laugh!
Debbie OConnor10/27/04
Excellent article! Your title intrigued me, and the article answered. I had never thought about lack of faith as laughing at God before. Wonderful lesson.
L.M. Lee10/28/04
i always like that the bible is honest about the people to help encourage our faith
Kristin Slavik10/28/04
This was very well written. It was both fun and thought provoking. I indeed have laughed at many a preschooler when I probably should not have. Points well taken!