And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me (Genesis 21:6, KJV)
When Sarah gave birth to Isaac at the age of 91 after being barren her entire life and now about 45 to 50 years into menopause, she said “God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me”. Her miracle from the Lord was not only astonishing but laugh-provoking!
This miracle, just as any other, is outstanding. However, let me focus on a different aspect for this devotional, which is the fact that God made her laugh. This is not the only instance that God provoked laughter in His people by turning their situation around. The Psalmist said ““When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, We were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter….” (Psalm 126:1–2 KJV). The Israelites could not help but laugh when God miraculously turned around their captivity.
Jesus told us in the New Testament, “ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24 KJV). God wants you to rejoice when a breakthrough comes.I pray that as you step into this new week, may the Lord cause you to laugh. He knows what to do, to turn around that impossible health, financial, marital, spiritual condition so that you will not only be astonished but laugh at the works of the miracle-working God!
Was God offended because Sarah was happy in life? Is He angry when we have good things we ask of Him? What is the image of God you have? Do you really believe God wants your wellbeing or He always has some “secret plan” for you to remain in a painful condition?
APPLY THE WORD
Get ready to laugh. Believe God wants your wellbeing. Yes, weeping may last for a night but joy will come in the morning. When that joy comes, I want you to laugh!
Thank the Lord for opening a door of laugher for you this week.