God Hath Made Me Laugh
By bro Alan Poon
2021 has been such a happening year with so many human-influenced events around the world. For example, the recent crazy event in the stock market may have somehow influenced how I conducted a presentation in my company. Why I’m mentioning this is because the presentation was not just a demo but an entertaining show of a puzzle, and I have been thinking about puzzles that made me laugh.
I think it is time to demystify certain things with a good ‘laugh’. In Psalms 59:6-10, David said God shall laugh at his pursuers who run like dogs and make futile effort to hunt him because, God was his defense and protected him from harm. It was as though David could laugh because God was laughing. God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.). Seeking God is rewarding. It is also time to ‘laugh’ at the wicked who plot against the just, as the Lord can see the days of the overthrow of the wicked coming (Psalms 37:12-13).
In Gen 21:5-6, the Bible says, ‘And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.’ For this passage we look back to Gen 18:14, where Sarah, who wanted a child, had laughed in her heart at God’s promise to give her a son despite her inability to bear children in old age (Gen 18:11). Sarah could not understand how that could be possible for her. It was a huge puzzle for her. God knew her thoughts and replied her there and then, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Gen 18:14) God’s plain answer to her puzzlement was that He is in control of everything and nothing is too difficult for Him. Some time later after Sarah had a child, she said, ‘God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.’ (Gen 21:6)
While 2021 continues to be full of surprises for all of us, we need to remember that God is still in control. He has always been in control, as the verses below tell us, and we can laugh in the face of adversity and uncertainty.
Pro 16:9, A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Psalm 115:3, But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
Mat 10:29, Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.