What makes you laugh? I don’t mean a slight smile or internal smirk but an actual belly laugh heard by anyone within earshot. I’m drawn to puns or ironic jokes, like I keep my dad jokes in my “dada-base.”
Do we know what makes God laugh? In several Psalms, including Psalm 2, we read that God laughed but it’s not a response to something funny. He’s not laughing with us; rather, God is laughing with derision at our futile attempts to thwart his plans. Specifically, he is chiding those who rise up against his anointed One, the Messiah who was to come.
In Acts 4, Peter quotes this Psalm in a prayer, describing the conspiratorial plans of Herod and Pontius Pilate to crucify Christ as exactly what David referred to. These earthly leaders thought they were putting an end to Jesus’ work but, in fact, they were carrying out God’s plans which had been in place from the beginning of time.
Does God laugh at world leaders today who seek to remove any reference to eternal things? Or those who claim to be in a position of absolute control? Of course he does. In the same way, however, he also laughs at people like us who mistakenly believe we are in control of our lives. The writer, David, urges all people to acknowledge God’s sovereignty over the universe, not just those in positions of authority.
God, I believe in you and that your power is made perfect in my weakness. Remind me to never rely on my own abilities or wisdom but to depend on you to continue working in my life.
Throughout the Day: Ask God to remind you that he is always accomplishing his purposes regardless of times when things seem out of control.
Song of Reflection: "God, The Uncreated One (King Forevermore)" by Keith & Kristyn Getty When relevant, we’ll include a song that can help you reflect further on today’s subject. If you have song recommendations that are relevant to today’s passage or devotional, feel free to send them to us!
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