The Lord spoke this verse to my heart a couple days ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. This particular morning, I was praying through some things in my heart and felt rather solemn about it. I was a bit anxious about some things and downright startled about other things (anyone ever have those days?). Smackdab in the middle of my “God, help me” prayer, I hear the Holy Spirit say, “The Lord sits in the heavens and laughs.” Um, I beg your pardon, God? I was quite surprised as I did not find anything funny in that moment. But I heard him say to me, “sometimes laughter is your greatest weapon.” Yes, Lord… I suppose I need to take joy more seriously!
Pressures, anxieties, and trials have a way of assaulting our minds and robbing us of the joy we were made to live in. Jesus said if we don’t become like little children, we won’t see the kingdom of God. Children laugh, and they laugh a lot. Children don’t seem too concerned with battling the devil, or worrying about tomorrow, or being perfect. They laugh, they have brilliant imaginations, and they are utterly dependent on the one who cares for them. Can you see what Jesus was getting at here? I wonder how many of the enemy’s plans in my life would be completely thwarted if I just laughed like a child at the preposterous thoughts that come into my mind sometimes.
Joy seems to be the first thing the devil tries to steal from Christians. Oftentimes, church congregations can seem like a bunch of weary warriors who desperately need a good belly laugh. We get so lost in “spiritual warfare” and “feeling attacked” that we easily miss the fact that God is laughing in the heavens and preparing a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He is really that good. Do you believe it?
We want to be people who take on the nature of God. We want to be more like him. We know that God laughs at the enemy’s plans, therefore, we are invited to do the same. We know that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). If we are people of his presence, we will enter into the experience of this deep life-giving joy. We will laugh more, and we will praise more, and we will not fear. We will be utterly dependent on the One who loves us. He proves himself trustworthy again and again and again.
Holy Spirit, thank you for your presence in our lives. Make us more like you. Give us eyes that see what you see. Teach us what it means to have the faith of a child. Teach us to laugh more and bring us into the experiential joy of your presence. You are so good. You are so faithful to us and we depend on you. We want to value joy as much as you do. Thank you for your work in our hearts. We love you!