What Are You Laughing At?

Laughter is one of the most wonderful things in the world. Admit it, you love to laugh don’t you. We laugh for many reasons. Mostly when something is funny, but there have been times I’ve laughed for other reasons. I remember the first time I saw a horror movie in theaters. I was so scared, that I laughed through all the scary parts. Sometimes we laugh when we are nervous. Other times we laugh when we hear something so outrageous, so out of the box, so counter intuitive to what we believe to be true that the only response we have is to laugh.

For example if you were to tell me that God has called me to be a professional football player, I would laugh. Why? I’m scrawny, out of shape and don’t like football. The idea that I would walk in that role is funny to me.

Let’s look at a moment in scripture when some people laughed at Jesus.

Luke 8:52-53 (NLT) The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died.

I talked about this story recently in “The Battle Between”

The people laughed at Jesus’ assertion that Jarius’ daughter wasn’t dead because it went against something they knew. They were there with her when she died. There wasn’t any question, the girl was dead and they knew it. But Jesus said she wasn’t. If what we know to be true goes against God’s word then what we know is wrong.

In Genesis 18:12 Sarah laughed at the idea that she in her old age could get pregnant. Once again we see someone laughing at the idea that God would do something that goes against what they knew to be true. It was seemingly impossible.

Let me pose this questions. If we serve a God of the impossible, then why are we surprised when He says He will do something impossible? It is during those times that we find out what our faith is really made of. Is our faith in our own knowledge or experience? Is our faith in science? Or is our Faith truly in God?

I believe that every word of God proves true! What word has God spoken into your life? What dream has God placed deep in your heart? Many times we have a dream, but we put it aside. Maybe it’s so outside of our capability that don’t see anyway for it to happen. Maybe it’s just been so long since we’ve first dreamed it that we figure it’s too late.

Friends, can I tell you today that it is never too late with God. If He has placed a desire in your heart to do something for Him then it’s time to dust off your dream. There is no statute of limitations on the call God has placed on your life.

We have to keep that dream in our mind’s eye and daily bring it before the Lord in prayer. A God dream, can only be fulfilled by God. Trying too accomplish it without His help leads to ruin. How many times have we let our desire for immediate fulfillment take over and rush us to pursue God’s dreams in our own way instead of letting Him take the lead?

I believe this is a generation filled with purpose. I believe we are on the precipice of the power of God being unleashed in new way, but it will only happen when God’s people step out in faith and act on the dreams God’s placed inside of them. Let’s no longer be held captive by fear. Let’s no longer laugh when God stirs our heart with fresh dreams, no matter how unlikely they may seem.

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