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Laughter and Great Joy

Genesis 21:8

Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and everyone who hears will laugh with me.” She also said, “Who would have told Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Sarah’s laughter was filled with joy. God had certainly given her joy she could never imagine in her old age, and everyone could rejoice with her. She had the kind of laughter that resonated with everyone and made them feel her joy, too.

I didn’t marry until I was 34 years old. I remember when we announced our engagement, everyone seemed to rejoice with excitement. People truly shared in our happiness, and news of our upcoming marriage seemed to create delight everywhere. The same was true when we announced my pregnancy. After three miscarriages, we kept the news quiet until we had an ultrasound and could see the heartbeat. People could not contain their excitement for us when we finally shared the news. There is just something about the fulfillment of a long awaited desire that gives everyone hope and creates celebration as they see dreams come true before their eyes. No one waited longer than Sarah, and everyone who heard her could laugh and rejoice with her.

The Devil hates this kind of laughter because it gives glory to God. It reminds people of His presence and gives them hope for the voids in their own lives. Such laughter magnifies God’s purpose and His work among creation, and Satan will do all he can to try to prevent it. Dreams fulfilled are blows to his reign in a person’s life, and his lies have no more credibility as hope gains ground and testimonies of faith emerge to silence his influence. Sarah’s laughter was her victory cry over the sadness, loss, and void Satan had handed her all her life.

If you feel a void in your life today, begin to laugh. Rejoice that God has a purpose in that void that defeats the enemy in your life. Your story is not over, and Satan has victory only if you give it to him. Rejoice, oh barren woman! God has great plans for you!

Have a blessed day!

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