It is for laughing He gave you a sense of humour.
By Heather Djunga
You don’t think God has an incredible sense of humour? Did you ever look in the mirror? Every watched a mother monkey sorting through her kids hair with her fingers and the kid monkey’s pained expression or considered the convenient ‘moonbag’ the kangaroo has around its waste for carrying its little ones. Or maybe you have seen a line of meerkats standing on a dune – their pointy faces looking this way, and then that.
All of nature shows the character and glory of the Lord. When we study nature we glimpse the heart of Jesus. The same is true for Scripture. It reveals His heart and character. We dive into scripture to get closer to Him.
What does scripture say? Is the Lord all serious – worried about the enemy overtaking His Kingdom? Does He cover His eyes at times with concern?
Nothing catches Him by surprise.
Psalm 2 reads:
“Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
It is for this reason, He tells His people to stand up, shake off their chains and sing for joy. You will notice that this command in Isaiah 54 to sing for joy follows Isaiah 53’s proclamation of the Messiah. At the time the passage was written, these artificial divisions between passages and chapters did not exist. This means that Isaiah 53, Isaiah 54 and the revelations which followed were part of a single revelation.
The Father has provided a Messiah, Isaiah 53, who will redeem those who were lost and that which has been lost – so God’s people can stand up and sing for joy, Isaiah 54. They can be jolly! It’s been done.
Some reasons to laugh today:
1.The enemy, while he might have knowledge about things to come, has no revelation of them. Remember how many times in scripture the enemy catches himself out by his own limited revelation of God’s Will and purposes. How in the book of Esther, the evil Haman tries to trap Mordecai and builds gallows from which to hang him. The story ends with Haman hanged by his own gallows. “So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai.” (Esther 7:10) Why did the Lord allow Haman to even finish building the gallows? Surely he could’ve stopped him before he even started building them? He’s God, He knows everything. Maybe He allowed it because He already knew who these same gallows were really being built for. But how powerful and proud Haman must’ve felt when it appeared no Divine hand was stopping him from his wicked plan. The Lord even allowed the finishing touches on the gallows to be made. But according to Psalm 2, He was laughing. He knew the end of the story and it was good for His people.
Because satan has just logos understanding of the word, this means that everything he does invariably culminates in the fulfilment of God’s word.
2.’Gethsemane’, the garden where Jesus was betrayed, gets its name from the word ‘oil press’. This means when the enemy comes to squeeze you, he is just being used by the Lord as an oil press to squeeze out the good things and anointing in you. How many gifts have been squeezed out of you by pressure. There’s some stuff you didnt know God had put in you until ‘Gethsemane’ came.
3.You already have the victory. It is being worked out in the physical but spiritually, it is ‘well with your soul’, as they say. The victory is not to be won. It was won at Calvary. Nothing can change this fact. Everything you go through in this world is being worked out for your good and Jesus’ glory – even if in your human understanding you are not yet able to perceive or understand this.
4.The enemy tries to use spiritual law to justify his stealing and claiming in your life, and to justify his accusations. But you are a child of God and Jesus’ blood has redeemed both you and your stuff. It says in Proverbs 6:31: “Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.” The thief, when caught, must pay back sevenfold what he has taken. Since Jesus has caught him and defeated him through the cross, you are promised that in the eternal picture, you will be repaid seven times for everything ever taken or withheld from you through satan’s systems. This means that every curse against you has been turned into a sevenfold blessing. See it is foolishness to put your confidence in circumstances, based on what you see in the here or now, without getting to the end of the story.
God even says that He looks form Heaven to see if any understand. In the eternal picture there is recompense and restoration.
5.Some things might appear to have power, but they only exist because we are in a world where choice is permitted and because of the fallen condition of man. God, perfect in wisdom and in love, will not take away this choice. Remember, there were two trees in the garden – the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of life. There were those in scripture who did signs and wonders in the name of Jesus, exploiting spiritual law and eating from the wrong tree, by choice, yet who did not know. What appears injustice was dealt with at the cross, and even when we feel confused as it appears wickedness prospers, it will be dealt with, as in the end God’s justice means all wrong things are put right.
So you can laugh and have joy. It ends well with you because of Jesus.
Remind yourself to laugh at the enemy’s strategies. It will immediately strengthen you and give you the courage to approach what you are facing from a place of victory and not defeat.
Your sense of humour and your laughter is your weapon. It can give you great perspective on things that might seem giants. And know this, the God of Heaven and Earth is laughing with you. He knows how it ends – and it’s that good!
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.