The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming. (Psalm 37:12-13)
But you, O LORD, laugh at them;
you scoff at all those nations. (Psalm 59:8)
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25)
There's a lot of laughing going on in these verses, isn't there? But when problems hit us with hurricane force winds, is laughing the first thing that comes to mind?
A joyful heart is a weapon against evil. Joy in the face of harm is nothing like being mentally unstable or out of touch with reality - though it sure can make us look that way. It only comes from knowing that if we are joined with God, we have nothing, absolutely nothing to fear. We can laugh at the problems threatening us because we are sure that together with Him, we have become giants spiritually speaking.
This kind of joy is impossible to fake. It comes as a result of a deep and intimate relationship with God. It's like a child who knows without a doubt that his big strong dad loves him and will always protect him. He can climb into bed between mom and dad late at night during a thunderstorm or after a scary dream and feel that complete sense of peace and comfort.
Why are there so few Christians who know Him this well? Does He only reserve this kind of relationship to an elite few? What if we just started behaving as if He loved us this much, even though we didn't feel like it? Do you suppose we'd look like fools and fall flat on our faces, or would He be pleased that we are trying? Could it be that our enemies really will collapse because we choose joy instead of fear?
I guess we'll have to find out for ourselves...!