“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh” – Proverbs 1:26
This morning I was reading through chapter one and got all the way to verse 26. I may go back and look at some other verses later, but this one really stood out to me today.
Can you imagine God laughing at somebody in trouble? Actually, I can imagine someone saying, “That’s not a very Christian thing to do!” (FYI, that’s a typical “gotcha” zinger atheists – both real and pretend – love to throw at believers)
But what we see in this verse is exactly that – God laughs at people in trouble.
However, it’s not just any people; it’s those who follow after other gods when He doesn’t seem to meet their needs. Consider what God told the children of Isreal in Gilead:
Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. – Judges 10:14
While the above passage doesn’t mention God laughing, it does show Him essentially saying, “Hey, I told you so! Now, go on with your bad self and see if your little “g’s” are all you thought they were.”
But the Lord does laugh at those who want to “break the bands” of objective truth and live their own lives without Him…
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision (mock, deride, ridicule).” – Psalm 2:4
It’s worth thinking about. God wouldn’t offer a way of deliverance if He didn’t love and care for us. But when we brush off his help like dandruff off our shoulder (I’m bald, so I don’t have that problem), don’t you think it breaks His heart?
That’s why, I believe, you see so many people crying out to God for deliverance, yet get no response. What’s it gonna take to convince us those other gods are the real failures? How many more times will I hear someone say, “I don’t believe in God anymore…I prayed to Him when I really needed Him, but nothing happened”?
I just shake my head.
That’s what God does: He shakes his head, put’s his hand on his forehead, and says, ‘Oh Myself.'”
Yeah, I know, it’s not funny. But sometimes you’ve just got to laugh at the insanity of it all.
April 3rd, 2018 at 11:39 am
Well said, Anthony. I believe that for the most part God often laughs at our antics, takes delight in them. That’s what we do with our own kids when they are being silly or trying to so hard to learn something new.
On the other hand, we people can just be so foolish, so bullheaded sometimes, that I have laughed. God’s been watching that kind of thing a lot longer than I have, which a much keener awareness. So when someone refuses help, refuses change, and than finds themselves in calamity, what else is there to do but laugh?
April 3rd, 2018 at 12:23 pm
Yep. That’s how I see it.
April 3rd, 2018 at 5:35 pm
Excellent. I think He really does just shake His head sometimes. We humans can make such crazy choices in our stubborn independence. Great post. I wish to respond to your message, by the way. But I don’t have an email or anything to write to… I’m going to go back and see if I might have that info via WordPress comments. 🙂
April 3rd, 2018 at 5:45 pm