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21st November 2023

God's Humour

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices.

Psalm 16:8

Does God have a sense of humour? How can we, His creatures, think things are funny unless the whole idea came from God in the first place? I have never heard a sermon, or preached a sermon, about God's sense of humour. But, yes, I believe God does have a sense of Humour. The Lord Jesus had a sense of humour and made people smile (or even laugh) at some of the things He said. His purpose was serious, but sometimes He got His point across by making people see the ridiculous side of life.

For example, think for a moment about the image the Lord Jesus used to describe how hard it is for a proud, self-confident rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. He said it would be like a camel trying to go through the eye of a needle (Luke 18:25). Can you imagine His audience not laughing as they tried to picture this in their minds? I cannot. His point was serious, but He used an exaggerated, humorous image to get it over.

Remember, too, what the Bible says about God’s reaction to those who arrogantly decide they do not need God and are stronger than Him. They want nothing to do with God or with Christ, but God laughs at their pretensions and rebukes them for their sin. The Bible says, “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; The Lord shall hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:4).

Be grateful for your sense of humour, but never use it to hurt or embarrass others, and do not overlook the tragedies and heartaches of our sin-filled world. Jesus wept over the failure of His people to repent and believe the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness—and so should we. Most of all, the Bible says, He was “a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” (Isaiah 53:3).

Bible Reading

Psalm 16:8-11.


God of all good things, I thank You for the smile, laughter, joy, humour and for the tear. In Christ's name. Amen.



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