April 23rd, 2017

Read "GENESIS 18:9-15" & "PSALM 126"

Second Sunday in Easter

"The Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?" (GENESIS 17:17)


Abraham laughed at God. So did Sarah. Can we blame them. Conceive a child at our age? Ha! But God had the last laugh. He named their child Isaac, "he laughs."

Like Sarah, we do not want to admit that we laugh at God, Still some of the things He says seem laughable. Suffering is "light" and "momentary" (2nd Corinthians 4:17). The family of the Alzheimer's patient may laugh at that.

But God has the last laugh. The "everlasting covenant" (Genesis 17:19) God promised through Isaac led to something else laughable. A virgin conceived and bore a Son! God named Him Jesus, "Savior." Through a cross, where He was laughed at, and an empty tomb, which was laughable to many, God destroyed the power of sin, and death. Ha! God wins!

We live in His victory. It doesn't make suffering laughable, but it does make it bearable. God is present and at work in our lives. Someday we will join Him and all the saints in a grand, eternal last laugh!

God, give us laughter today as we rejoice in You. Amen!

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Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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