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TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, November 06, 2019:

LAUGH

DefinitionDEFINITION:

To express pleasure or nervousness with an audible vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles.

 

ScriptureSCRIPTURE:

He who sits in the heavens laughs at their rebellion; the Lord scoffs at them and in supreme contempt He mocks them.
Psalm 2:4 AMP.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCEKNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

In Psalm 2, wicked nations were plotting to overthrow God’s anointed, thus ultimately opposing the Almighty Himself. But God sits in the heavens calm and unthreatened. Man’s boldest efforts to oppose such awesome power are ludicrous. The Almighty does not even arise from His throne; He just laughs.

So, the question you may ask is: “Is this a heartless or cruel laughter? NO!” His same infinite greatness that mocks man’s defiance also marks His sympathy with man in his lost condition.

He is the same God that takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked that were lost in sin (Ezekiel 33:11) and the same God who wept over Jerusalem, who had rejected Him (Matthew 23: 37-39). He is great in judgment but also in compassion (Exodus 34:6-7).

God’s laughter reminds us that Christ will ultimately triumph over evil. Any defiance of Him and His will is futile. What a comfort it is for us to submit to the Lord Jesus and take refuge in Him.

Remember: Man-kind’s limited potential accents God’s limitless power. When we are depressed and cannot laugh remember our God is laughing not at us but at the problem that is depressing us.

 

LEARNINGLEARNING:

Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:6.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

 

PRAYERPRAYER:

Help me not to be burdened down with problems and concern that I cannot take time to laugh every day. May others see the peace that Jesus gives me as I pass on all of my concerns to Him.

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These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International, and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family. Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily devotionals and is now available for only $10.

Ken & Dottie Phillips
kenanddottie@thehungersolution.org

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