Undoubtedly you have noticed that the Gospels never record an instance in which the incarnate Christ laughed. In fact, there is no inspired record indicating that He even smiled. But such is not the case with respect to God. It may surprise some to learn that God is said to laugh on multiple occasions. That may sound pleasant because we tend to laugh on happy occasions. But the laughter of God betokens, not a pleasant time, but a time of impending judgment because God’s laughter expresses scorn or disdain and portends the coming of severe rebuke. May we find the four mentions of God’s laughter to be instructive.
1. God laughs at the rulers and nations who scheme to overthrow His authority. When “nations,” “peoples,” “kings of the earth,” and “rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed . . . He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them” (Psa. 2:1-4). This prophecy will find its ultimate fulfillment at the end of the Tribulation period when Christ comes in glory to destroy the Beast and his empire. “Then He [God] will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, ‘But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain’” (vv. 5, 6). Yes, Satan, the Beast, and the False Prophet will have their moment in the sun, but only as long as it serves God’s purpose to allow their rebellion. In the meantime and with the perfect assurance of omniscience and omnipotence, God laughs, knowing that all is well.
2. God laughs at the wicked who plot against the righteous. It may sometimes appear to our clouded perceptions that the wicked continually prosper and are incessantly triumphant. In this sin-cursed world ruled by Satan, there is some accuracy in that view—for a brief moment. But David assures us that when “The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees his day coming” (Psa. 37:12, 13). The world has a saying that someone is “hoist on his own petard,” meaning that he is ruined by his own scheme. Note: “The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow to cast down the afflicted and the needy, to slay those who are upright in conduct. Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will be broken” (vv. 14,15). No matter how successful the devices of evil men may appear to be, they will inevitably fall prey to their own sin.
3. God laughs at the enemies of His anointed. David’s enemies were numerous and determined to slay him. They presented formidable opposition to David. “They have set an ambush for my life,” David tells the Lord; “fierce men launch an attack against me” (Psa. 59:3). However, David did not despair, expressing his confidence in the Lord: “But You, O Lord, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations” (v. 8). We may understand by extension that those who are our enemies because we are among the righteous are really enemies of God. He will fight the battle. And He always wins. For the time being, God is not worried, anxious, perturbed, or even slightly ruffled. He laughs, knowing how inevitable is the absolute judgment of those who would harm His own.
4. God laughs at those who adamantly reject wise counsel. Solomon designates those who reject the wise counsel of God as “naïve ones,” “scoffers,” “simple-minded,” and “fools” (see Prov. 1:22). Of those who discard the Word of God and think themselves to be enlightened, intelligent, scientifically-minded, and freed from primitive superstition, the sovereign God of the universe declares: “I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes” (v. 26). But that pitiless attitude came only after proud sinners had adamantly rejected God’s gracious aid. “I called and you refused,” God explains, “I stretched out My hand and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof” (vv. 24, 25). Only after they have rejected His mercy and longsuffering is God said to laugh. He knows how toothless their bites are, how certain their end.
Friend, you do not want to be the object of God’s laughter. Do not rebel. Repent.
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