In my never ending quest for enlightenment, I mean memes, I stumbled across this picture above these words. It made me laugh. Is it "high-brow" humor? No, but it made me laugh.
We need to laugh more these days. Seriously, I know what is going on in the medical, political and social worlds. But we need to laugh. I'm a Christian, that means no matter what kind of situation I find myself, I have no reason to fear. My Jesus is right there with me.
Now, that doesn't mean He won't allow me to go through painful times in my life. I have those hurtful and painful days. But I don't need to let that minute, hour, day, week, year, decade, etc make me stop living and laughing.
There have been medical articles talking about the therapeutic nature of laughter. It helps us, a lot. Even God laughs, dealing with our insanity on a daily basis. Psalm 2:4 says, "He who sits in the heavens laughs..."
Now, that's the part of Psalm 2 everyone likes to remember, we like to think of God as a kindly old man lovingly laughing at our mischievous ways. The Psalmist doesn't portray God that way, the rest of the verse says, "...the Lord ridicules them."
Some would be indignant, saying, "What?!? God doesn't mock people." These people should read the whole of Psalm 2. This work shows the difference between the ungodly mindset vs. the Godly. It shows us the picture of the person who will rage against God and contrasts it with the person putting their hope and trust in Him. Psalm 2 can be broken into four parts, or four acts of a play if you will indulge me.
Act 1: The nations rebel. God is rejected and the rebellious people prepare to confront God.
Act 2: The Lord is not worried. He see their plans and is preparing to confront them.
Act 3: The rightful King is inaugurated. The Lord of Lords will overcome all the evil plans of the rebellious people.
Act 4: Honor and obey this King if you want to live.
**Sorry, I know I'm a preacher person, but I couldn't narrow it down to 3 points.
God laughs at us because we are incapable of so much. We cannot topple Him from heaven. We cannot achieve salvation by ourselves. God sees us trying to be Him and we fall very short of that goal. So He laughs.
His laughter should be encouraging to the Christian, though. He laughs to remind us that, as FD Roosevelt once said, "the only thing to fear is fear itself". No scheme of Satan, no threat from that bully, no plan of an enemy is to instill fear in us. God sees all and, through our faith in Him (Ephesians 6:10-17), is our protection.
So go ahead. Laugh out loud. It's okay. When the moments show up to tempt us to give in to fear, don't do it, "...blessed are all who take refuge in Him (God).