He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.
Job 8:21 (ESV)
One of my favorite professors at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri was the Rev. Dr. Norman Nagel. In one of his classes, I was given a writing assignment and I chose the topic of “semiotics” which is the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.
One of the sources he suggested for me to use – for story examples of semiotics – was the novel by Umberto Eco called “The Name of the Rose.”
It was made into a movie in 1986. Part of the plot of both the book and the movie is that there is a book by Aristotle lauding the virtues of laughter. The book was poisoned and hidden in an abbey library because the abbot felt that laughter was sinful.
Laughter a Gift of God
Laughter is not sinful, in fact just the opposite! It is often the product of a happy heart.
And a happy heart is one of the results of our love from and for God!
In our sinful state, there isn’t much to laugh about. We know in our heart that we deserve the wrath of God because of our sin, because the Law of God (that reveals sin) is written on our hearts (see Romans 2:15).
But God sent Jesus to be our Savior from sin. Jesus died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sin and gives us the forgiveness that makes our hearts glad and puts laughter back on our lips!
Friends Remind Me of My Glad Heart
This past weekend I spent a couple of days with friends that I haven’t seen – all together at once – in about 25 years.
I spent more time laughing than I can remember in a long, long time. My friend Steve, especially, had me in tears several times.
My other friend, Jeff, commented that he laughed so hard over those couple of days that his inner ears hurt!
A big part of the reason we laughed so hard was not that any one of us are especially funny. No, the reason is that we are very close friends – brothers, really – and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company.
What makes us close is that we have a tight relationship with our Lord Christ and share that joy and peace with each other.
I believe it is God’s intention for his people to express the joy of his salvation. And one of the greatest expressions of joy is laughter.
I will remember God’s salvation for me whenever I laugh. Also, when I think back to the joy and laughter of the reunion weekend with my friends.
Heavenly Father, I will give praise to you for saving me. I pray that I will also find joy in your salvation and never be afraid to laugh as a result of your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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