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14th June 2022

Laughter in the Bible

With all the bleak news we keep hearing from around the globe we are in need of things to cheer us up.
Not many people might associate a holy book with laughter.
Their first thoughts might be that the Bible is a far more weighty & serious book.
Scripture however talks about there being a time & season for everything under heaven including laughter (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
Laughter is a good gift from God & can do us good like the best of medicines (Proverbs 17:22).
We discover that laughter is talked about & present on numerous occasions in the Scriptures.
We will highlight & explore just a few over the coming days.

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:17

Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” Genesis 18:12

And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6

The laughter of Abraham & Sarah

In Genesis we read that Abraham & Sarah both struggled to believe when they heard the news of God’s intended promise of a son in their old age. They were both well past the age of having children & they laughed with doubt at what God intended.
Nothing however is impossible for our God. Abraham rose up in faith (Galatians 3:5-9) & the promise was fulfilled.
God soon turned their doubting chuckles into howls of holy laughter, delight & amazement.
Isaac the son of promise was born & reflected God’s smile over this favoured couple.

The name Isaac means ‘laughter.’ Isaac was a miracle child in response to the promise of God.
The promised son through whom God’s salvation blessing would be brought to the whole world.
Abraham believed God’s promise & in response God miraculously filled Sarah’s womb.
They laughed with delight at Isaac’s birth. Sarah’s testimony confirms this – all will laugh (delight / rejoice) with me.
So important that we testify & tell the stories of God’s marvelous & miraculous interventions in our lives.

The prophetic promise birthed here was eventually fulfilled by our Lord Jesus.

Christ being the promised redeemer (Genesis 3:15) who would be the Son & Seed (Galatians 3:18-20) to bring God’s salvation to the world (Romans 1:16-17; John 3:16). In Christ God smiles upon all humanity. In the Saviour salvation is available to gladden EVERY heart.
God can turn our circumstances & situations around just like Abraham’s & Sarah’s.
When we believe His promises & hold on firmly in faith the Lord smiles over us to turn our sorrows into joy & delight (Psalm 30:5).
What a mighty, miraculous God we serve. He alone is the One who can make us laugh in awe, wonder & amazement. HALLELUJAH!!

If you are feeling down ask the Lord to send you an Isaac to lift your spirits.
Look for opportunities to wisely & sensitively be an Isaac to others.
May the Lord keep making us laugh due to His amazing & miraculous goodness to us.
May the Lord smile over you continually.

For Reflection

  • Who is God asking me to cheer up right now? Who can I be an Isaac to?
  • Reflect on the things or people that are making you laugh right now.
  • Meditate on the power for good that laughter carries.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the joy, delight & laughter You bring to my life.
Jesus thank you that You are my joy & delight,
May I walk in the light & grace of Your smile over me.
Holy Spirit give me an abundance of Your joy & strength,
That I may keep laughing with You.
This I ask in, & through, Your mighty Name.

Written by Gareth Jones

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