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    Laughter is the best medicine

    Thursday, June 02, 2011


    Laughter is the best medicine! At least that’s what some people say. Laughter helps us to relax and apparently has many beneficial psychological effects. I love being around people with a good sense of humour, anyone who knows me well knows that I also love to laugh and have a good sense of humour. Some people have an incredible sense of humour and see the funny side of life all the time. It’s often an experience to talk to some people without them turning what you are saying into a play on words or some kind of joke. Those who know Gary Irons in our church know that Gary has an incredibly quick wit and he’ll soon have you laughing about something you’ve just said.

    I have always wondered about laughter and God. Where does a sense of humour come from, is it an evolutionary flaw or has God given us a humour as a means to enjoy life and relax? I believe it’s the latter and that laughter is indeed one of the many blessings that God has given to us. I always like to back-up my perspectives with a biblical reference or precedent but that’s difficult when it comes to laughter. We don’t exactly find God or Jesus laughing all the time. We assume there were occasions when Jesus certainly must have laughed, especially when you consider the kinds of personalities that followed Him but it’s only an assumption.

    I’m sure Peter gave lots of reasons to ‘crack up’ with his ill thought out words and actions such as when they were up on the Mt of Transfiguration. There is Jesus who suddenly becomes glorious in appearance and Moses and Elijah suddenly appear and Peter suggests it might be a good idea from him to build three tents for them; one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. In the midst of Peter’s statement God speaks from heaven, and Peter and the two other disciples there, James and John, all fall to the ground. The experience must have been awe-inspiring and in the midst of it all Peter says the strangest thing by offering to make some tents. One can only imagine Jesus’, Moses’ and Elijah’s response to Peter’s suggestion.

    The occasions that the Scriptures do tell us about God laughing is when He is mocking His enemies, for example; Psalm 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision Psalm  37:13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. Psalm 59:8 But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.

    The wisest of men, King Solomon, tells us that there is a right time to laugh. So I encourage you to relax, and have a good laugh from time to time, and as Solomon says, it’s all a matter of getting your timing right. Eccl. 3:4 a time to weep, a time to laugh. Remember Sarah who laughed at the wrong thing, at the wrong time, and the Lord rebuked her for it, Genesis 18:9-15. Strangely enough Sarah later said that God had made her laugh and everyone who hears how God has blessed her will laugh with her, Genesis 21:6. Laughter may well be the best medicine after all.







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