My wife and I attended an enjoyable comedy act the other evening. Humor takes commonplace situations and twists it to provide another quirky viewpoint. We can laugh with the comedian or he may be making a joke at our expense and laugh at us.
Surprisingly, the Bible is replete with humorous examples. While we may not read a comedic monologue, there are examples of humorous names like Nabal, meaning fool. There are comical situations like Zacchaeus the tax collector, a man of short stature, scrambling up a tree so that he could gain a better view of Jesus. Even Jesus used the hyperbole of the likelihood of a camel passing through the eye of a needle to illustrate the difficulty of rich people, enamored of their possessions, getting into heaven.
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Psalms 2:1-4 (ESV)
The Bible gives us glimpses of Heaven. In this remarkable scene, the veil is partially lifted and we learn that God is laughing. But He is laughing at man’s sinful and pitiful attempts to rule their own lives, apart from God. And why not? How could anyone believe they can run this world or their life better than God, their Creator? It is the same story throughout the ages beginning with Satan. But God has the last laugh. He has ensured that all who confess and repent of their sins and place their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ, will gain salvation and eternal life. And someday, we will be in Heaven rejoicing and laughing with God.
God laughing at me or with me. Which would I rather have?
The choice is obvious, don’t you agree?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.