Here’s one instance: “but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.” (Psalm 37:13 ESV)
I can imagine a few other things which may give God a chuckle.
Like His church.
Those leaders who are so caught up in titles and followings. People who pump up their own heels, and demand honor from their “tribe”. We’re supposed to honor one another, and receive the gifts God gives to His Body. But c’mon! Whatever happened to submitting to one another in the fear of God?
Oh, and what about the saint who has a “word from God” every time they turn around? It’s always at the same time in the church service, and it’s never positive or encouraging. Yes, the scripture does speak of prophesying and such, but it also says, “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their edification, exhortation, and comfort” (1 Corinthians 14:3). Of course, that wouldn’t be as spectacular or dramatic.
Here’s one you’ll enjoy. The group of people (and there are quite a number) who refuse to tithe or give on a regular basis because they believe the church places too much emphasis on money. I wonder how they’d feel if their employer told them they were going to get a 50% reduction in wages because they think too much about money?
Maybe we all should quit shopping at our favorite store because, in reality, the only thing the store is after is our money.
And what about the ones who handle snakes? Ick!
There are lots of things we do that could make our Father chuckle. I’m sure He gets a charge out of us playing “grownup”. You know what I mean? Like a little kid trying to emulate their father or mother by dressing like them, or walking and talking like them. Trying to wear their parent’s shoes, yet tripping because they’re far too big.
And we act like the Armor of God fits us because WE’RE so big and spiritual! Hah!
Yes, I can see my Father laughing. But He’s also trying to get His message across to every one of His kids.
“It’s time to grow up and get rid of your goofy ideas. It’s time to speak the truth in love, and grow into maturity.”
How will we know when we’ve finally grown up? When we aren’t so easily offended. When we don’t get mad if we don’t get our way. When we can take a back seat to someone else’s advancement, even though we think we deserve the promotion more.
When the Head, Who is Jesus, is able to tell the Body what to do and it does it, EVERY SINGLE TIME.
It’s one thing to see a little child play grownup. It’s really quite cute. But when someone keeps playing, clear into their twenties, thirties and forties, you and I both know there’s a problem.
It’s time to grow up. It’s time to disengage from the Church of the Goofy Ideas and grow up… “in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV).