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Laugh

Laugh

  • 20th April 2016
  • REV PHILIP OYEWALE

It is very clear from the scriptures that there is time for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:4 describe a time as a time to weep, and a time as a time to laugh. Weeping seems to be part of the curriculum in the school of life, but weeping is not supposed to be a lifestyle. That is why scripture says weeping may endure but for a night but joy comes in the morning. After you have suffered a while. It has been a while now, that one situation or the other has made you sad, cry. I am here to announce another season. God doesn’t just do things; he sends his messenger to announce prior to the realisation of the event. Therefore, I have come to announce to you, it is your season of laughter.
The word “laugh,” in its various forms, is used thirty-eight times in the Bible. Sometimes laughter is right and sometimes it’s wrong. Sometimes it is a fool who is laughing. Sometimes it is God Himself. But to laugh according to Cambridge dictionary is to smile while making sounds with your voice that show you think something is funny or you are happy.

And then Jesus said
“…put them all out [of the room], and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose.

When you read that you smile because you think something is funny, you will not blame Sarah too much. When the angel told her she will conceive and have a baby at 90 years of age, it was not just funny but ridiculous; no wonder she laughs. Even though the bible describes it as unbelief, it shows to me that this month, things that look impossible, the power of God will activate them in your life.

A similar story was told in Luke 8 when a man named Jairus came to Jesus. He fell down at the feet of Jesus and begged Him to come to his house and heal his little daughter who was twelve years old, and lay in her bed dying. When Jesus got to the house, there was a crowd of people weeping and wailing outside because the girl was already dead. But Jesus said, “Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth” (Luke 8:52). Then the Bible says, “They laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead” (Luke 8:53). They knew that the girl was dead. They laughed at the Son of God when He told them she would live.

It was too funny to them, too ridiculous. They were filled with unbelief – and their lack of faith made them laugh at Jesus – just as Sarah laughed at the power of God.

REV PHILIP OYEWALESENIOR

General Overseer of Pentecost Baptist Church Liverpool