Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
When we laugh, everything in our mind that can bring us down, and all sorrow is removed. Laughter itself is so powerful that it will engulf all of our senses when experienced, while overwhelming us with its presence, and submitting us to its delight. Thank God for His wonderful gift of laughter. – Darrell Creswell
Louis Armstrong once sang-
When you’re smiling……When you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you
When you’re laughing…….When you’re laughing
The sun(or Son) comes shining through
There is great joy and expectation when God comes into someone’s life—when they are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Genesis likens this experience as being like that of a child being born to a woman who had not previously had any children. The birth of the new child changed EVERYTHING. God brought her laughter, signifying great joy in her life.
There are few expectations in the Bible that came with the wonder of the birth of Isaac. He was born according to the promise, born when it was considered impossible by man—given the circumstances. Sarah was old and barren. She was well past child-bearing age. According to the human condition and time table, it was impossible for Sarah to conceive a child—but God’s time is not man’s time.
God’s promises and mercies will certainly come at the time which He sets, and only He knows what is the best time for you to receive them. Sarah named her son Isaac, the word translated literally means laughter. When we receive great blessings, and happiness comes into our hearts by the wondrous gifts from God, and joy and comfort rises in our soul, it is good to remember how the beginning of the situation was when we first received our promise.
When Sarah received the promise, she laughed mockingly with distrust and doubt. She could not believe that such a thing was possible. When God gives us the joy and happiness—by His mercies which we so long for in life, when we have doubted and distrusted His promises—we ought to remember, with sorrow and shame, our distrust of His promises. We ought to remember that when we wanted them, we pursued them in our own fashions—not waiting on God in His wisdom to fulfill His designs for our life, in His timetable. God’s fulfillment of His promise filled Sarah with joy and wonder.
God’s promises to us will always surpass our own thoughts and expectations: We cannot even imagine that He will do so much for us, we who deserve so little. Who could have imagined God would send his Son to die for us, give us redemption by that death through His Spirit to make us holy, and even submit His angels to our care to watch over us? Who could have imagined that all the great sins of humanity would be pardoned by the Creator of all that exists and such worthless worms such as you and I would be taken into covenant with Him and adopted as His own children? That alone should bring great joy and laughter always into our lives and fill our mouths with praise. Sarah finally understood that when God says it, believe it, He will perform it as she exclaimed “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” I am smiling with Sarah now, thousands of years later, still rejoicing in the goodness of God.
What God’s word is shows us here is that God brings joy into our lives and to all those around us. Likewise, when Christ becomes a reality to you, redeeming you from sin, He will bring joy and laughter into your life. The existence of the blood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit working in your life will add a whole new dimension to your life. Your life will be changed, and as your life is changed you will begin to influence and change those around you—not only in your own life, but in the lives of those at your job, your family, and your church.
There is such a revolutionary change that occurs inside a person when they are redeemed, that they cannot just “add Jesus”, and carry on with their lives doing things the same way they have been. It is no longer “business as usual”. When Jesus becomes Lord in a person’s life, everything, and I mean “everything” changes. If you were not expecting good things to come your way before you accepted the Lord, that is about to change. You can begin to look forward with excited optimism to more—to feeling more, experiencing more, living more, and sharing more. Your life will become more of a blessing to those around you. Why is that, you may ask? Because a life in Christ Jesus is a richer, fuller, more fulfilling, and satisfying life. He wants to bring you laughter and joy.
Instead of the old weight of sin that used to weigh you down, and cause chaos and heartache in your life, you can now begin to look forward to, and expect blessings in, your life. And there is an added bonus. When the blood of Jesus takes hold in your life, all of a sudden your life begins to bless others’ lives. As you begin to interact with those on your job, interact at home with your family, and interact with those in your church, the love of Christ and the power of God will begin to be demonstrated in your life, affecting everyone around you.
We can see in this scripture that there is joy and laughter as God adds to your life and brings about change through His promises. Change for today. Change for tomorrow. God is saying that you have a new birth, be excited about it. Expect miracles. Expect growth. Things are going to happen. Make room for more births into the kingdom of heaven. Start doing something, start enlarging and expanding your way of thinking. You are a child of the King, a representative of the Living God, and He is going to give you great joy, peace, and laughter if you can wrap your mind around what he wants to do in your life.
How do I know? Because His Word says that He said so! He tells us in His Word to move ahead and experience the power of the living God in our lives. He is saying, do not believe small for you are in the service of the Almighty God, equipped by the blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, so “Believe Big”. And as you use this kingdom principal things are going to happen, there is going to be growth in your personal life, more abundance in your family life, and as you share Him, He will bring joy and laughter to your life, and to the lives of those around you.
Everything depends on you! If we move and act by His Spirit working in our lives and allow ourselves to become engulfed in His glory, and submissive to the work He has called every believer to, we can shake up our entire nation—we can bring life and joy in our city. Instead of sitting around saying, “Oh I’m just so glad to be saved”, he compels us to take action and move forward. We have His assurance that if we will just act, do something; if we will just stretch out in faith, He ensures us that we will never be embarrassed, we will not fail, God will perform upon our actions. So do not hold back in your life. Expect great things to happen as you began to share with others the power of the living God that is inside of you, spreading the joy and laughter with others that He has given you.
Do you want to see God in action; do you want to see the power of the living God? Do something as his conduit; don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed. Stretch out; don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short; it is all up to you. God is looking for you to just believe, to follow His instruction, and when you do, He will rock your world and the world of those around you—if you will just have faith in Him and receive His promises into your life. He will perform His promises in your life, and just like Sarah, you will say “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
When we laugh in His joy, everything in our mind that can bring us down or bring us sorrow is removed. Laughter itself is so powerful that it will engulf all of our senses when experienced, overwhelming us with its presence, submitting us to its delight. Thank God for His wonderful gift of laughter. – Darrell Creswell