A TIME to LAUGH
BY: RAY PRINZING
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. – A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4
Again we remember the verse, “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, and we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter.” (Psalm 126:1-2) This speaks of that deep sense of joy and well being which springs from the heart. Then how quickly the sorrow of the night is forgotten, for the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which follows in that “nevertheless afterwards” when the peaceable fruit of righteousness is brought to fruition. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”.
It seems too good to be true, the natural mind cannot accept it. Abraham “fell upon his face and laughed”. Sarah, also, “laughed within herself”, as the promise was given again that in their old age they should have a son. How can it be? The natural cannot grasp the glory of the supernatural. But when the promise was fulfilled, “Sarah said, GOD HATH MADE ME TO LAUGH, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:6) Not a ha, ha, funny joke laugh, nor a laugh of scorn, but that delightful burst of joy and happiness that God can work a miracle when all natural hope is gone.
“Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man…till He fill thy mouth with laughter, and thy lips with rejoicing.” (Job 8:20-21)
Through all the times of captivity, the restraints, the bondages, there is a groaning, a travail, a waiting for deliverance. Submission to the will of God, yes; yielding to the circumstances He does ordain. But there is also a time appointed when individually our deliverance comes, and we are made to laugh, and ultimately when all creation shall be brought into that liberty which rightfully belongs to the children of God, and thus all creation shall be filled with pure joy and laughter. The melody and praise that arises from the soul set free is as sweet incense unto the Lord.