God is laughing

It makes me sick to see Jerry Sandusky’s image on television.

It’s unthinkable that he did what he did, and that people who could’ve stopped it just looked the other way.

Though it takes a little edge off to know that some of these folks will be punished, it does nothing for all the people who have been scarred.

But then again, the whole situation reminds us that evil pervades our world, and if we’re not careful we can develop a jaded attitude.

We might even lose confidence in the power and sovereignty of the God we serve.

But that shouldn’t ever happen.

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill” (Psalm 2:1-6).

Christians took that psalm and applied it to the events surrounding the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus (cf. Acts 4:25-26). Jewish leaders and Roman officials conspired to kill God’s Son.

But look at what God was doing.

Laughing.

Not the kind of laugh that a couple of friends might share over a funny joke.

He “holds them in derision.”

This is a laugh you don’t want to hear, not when it’s directed at you.

This is the laugh of an Almighty God toward feeble human beings who think they can flaunt his ways with impunity.

Toward governments who ignore God’s moral code for the sake of political correctness.

Toward societal structures that ignore the cries of the poor and marginalized and privilege the rich.

God laughs.

He laughs because he knows their resistance is futile.

He laughs because his justice will be realized.

I think God probably looks down now and sees the feeble resistance that so many people offer to his kingdom, and he laughs.

Not because it pleases him, because it certainly breaks his heart.

He laughs because he’s reigning from his throne, and the whole world will soon see it.

He laughs so that we can look past the evil around us to a day when his ways will once again rule the world.

He laughs so we can smile.

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