Today’s Tasting: Job 6-9 MSG
Today’s Nourishment: Job 8:20-22 states, “God will let you laugh again; you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy, With your enemies thoroughly discredited, their house of cards collapsed.”
Happy New Year to you, my prayer is that God has given you a glimpse of His goodness for you in 2015. And, if you need to laugh, I believe “God will let you laugh again.”
While reading these passages, Job seemed to vent about his current misfortunes, not just to his friends, but to God also. We sometimes neglect to understand our circumstances, whether good or bad, and allow our emotions to rule us and act as our source of release. Laughing is a good source of release and proven to build the immune system.
God allowed these misfortunes to happen in Job’s life. The Lord didn’t allow Satan to crush Job, but proved him a loyal man. Job somehow knew without a doubt that God is God and that His hand never moved from his life. Although from time to time, Job may have felt that God left and was nowhere to be found.
Know for certain, God is very much alive, working, and always speaking to you. He is for you and not against you. He loves you and cares for you. He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows your sorrow and sadness. Be encouraged in the midst of all your situations, “God will let you laugh again.” God is a present God and wants to live in your present circumstances. He wants you to know the plans He has for you. They are good and build your hope.
As Job stirred enough strength to release his thoughts and feelings, so can we. Keep in mind, a level of fear and reverence for God in the circumstances that He allowed resonated through Job’s response to his misfortune.
I learned to laugh while dealing with some difficult people and living in difficult circumstances. Though, I was tried on every side, I learned to change my disposition and see the good where circumstances seemed bad. Sometimes others attempt to shift your focus and steal your joy, but hold to the Word of God. “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
Father, I thank You for laughter. You made it possible for us to express our emotions with laughter. I pray for those who need to laugh. We make a choice to change our disposition about our circumstances and we choose to laugh. I pray as this new year starts with laughter as we see Your hand remaining upon our lives. Now, build the kingdom of God in us and through us. In the midst of uncertain times or wilderness experiences, help choose a cheerful disposition rather than sadness. May our lights shine ever so brightly. Thank You Lord for loving us enough to let us laugh. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Where’s your laughter? How have you chosen to change your disposition and laugh instead of cry in your circumstances?