One day a Christian who was known for having a quick smile and a loud laugh was asked, “Do you know if the Lord ever laughed?”
“I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that He fixed me so I could laugh!” came the answer.
He who laughs, lasts. A physician giving a lecture on “How To Enjoy Life and Live Longer” once said, “It is a known fact that people who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh. In fact, if laughter could be prescribed and we could write prescriptions for it, it would be the most popular medication for many illnesses.”
Not only are laughter and health related, but so are laughter and holiness. When the Lord brought His children back to Jerusalem, the Psalmist wrote, “We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy!”
The absence of laughter in a person’s life suggests the presence of fear or worry, guilt or oppression, defeat or hopelessness. It is as if their future is dark and the light of life has been extinguished. Not wanting to look out and up, around and about, their eyes seem to have no focus.
God has the ability, power and desire to restore to each of us a life that is beyond our expectation or understanding. He can bring triumph out of tragedy, victory out of defeat, peace out of turmoil and life rather than death.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be happy, joyful Christians that reflect a sense of Your peace and presence in all of life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”