By: John Thomas Heiligenthal
Sit down, don’t talk, leave your siblings alone and by no means should you laugh in Church if you know what’s right for you! Aren’t these the rules we remember our parents telling us as kids in Church? Then the preacher says “Now turn to Genesis 21: 6, ‘And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby?’ The Bible just told you that Abraham who was 100 years old and Sarah who was 90 were going to be parents!
When I heard this scripture I remember looking around to the Elders in Church who were most likely friends with God in school and thinking “Bob and Louis could have a kid at their age, YIKES!” God has a sense of humor. Abraham was faithful to God and because of this he fulfilled his promise to continue his line exceedingly. Just because Abraham and Sarah were old in their age and all their friends had figured they would never have kids, God said “oh just wait till they hear this!”
Laughing can help you feel better. If you look on the internet for Doctors saying that laughter is the best medicine just stop now. Read Proverbs 17:22; ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.’ You just read that the Bible says laughter is the best medicine. God wants you to laugh; he knows it will make you feel better. Make a joyful noise in Church with laughter, singing and praise, this helps to lift your spirits and makes you feel better.
But you and I both know God is all knowing and powerful so you also must remember there is a time and place to laugh. In Ephesians 5 … ‘Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting–all of which are out of character–but rather thanksgiving.’ God is talking about locker room type jokes here; there is no place for it in God’s Kingdom. When you are with your buddies this can be the hardest thing not to laugh at because we all want to “fit in.” When you don’t “fit in” that is what distinguishes you as one of God’s children.
Let me leave you with one final thought and scripture; Proverbs 14:13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. If you are dealing with issues such as a death, loss of a spouse or friend, job situations etc. and someone tries to cheer you up the laughing will help. But as the scripture says once it’s all over the grief will still be there. This is your time to turn to God to pray and ask him to ease your pain. God is with us through the Good and Bad times if we make him first in our lives.