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By Lisa Finley
The Fathers House 

Laugh Out Loud

 


An elderly friend of mine was becoming familiar with the world of texting. Believing LOL stood for “Lots Of Love” you can imagine the response she got from family members who had received a serious message with an LOL ending! There is a LOL story in the Bible that is also hilarious.

When Abraham and Sarah were far beyond their child bearing age they were promised a son by God. When Sarah, who was listening by the tent door, heard this she laughed within herself. The Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Sarah denied it, afraid to admit it. The Lord said, “No, you did laugh.” Genesis 18:13

Isn’t it funny that she would think she could hide her response from God who knows all? A year later when Abraham was one hundred years of age, their son was born. Sarah’s response was to name him Isaac, which meant laughter. She explained, “God has made me laugh, so all who hear will laugh with me.” As she became pregnant with promise her laughter changed from disbelief to fully understanding that she served the God of the impossible. With that personal knowledge she wanted the whole world to know His power.

As Christians we need that laughter in our life! When a situation seems unsolvable our chagrin needs to be changed into a chuckle. Psalms 59 states that God laughs at our enemies- for He knows they are no equal. Neither are our troubles. Sometimes we lose sight of the One who always keeps us in His sight. We forget past experiences in which we have witnessed divine intervention, and often are tempted to take matter into our own incapable hands. Sarah had done so with miserable results, asking Abraham to have a child with her maid servant, causing the friction between Isaac and Ishmael which still lives on in their descendants in the Middle East.

Certainly the worst LOL, spiritually speaking, would be to think Christ is the Lord of Limitations. He is not, nor will He ever be. That is what makes one have a merry heart, the kind that does good like a medicine.

“He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21.

 

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