A sense of humor is biblical!
There is nothing wrong with good clean humor. In fact, humor is essential for keeping the joy and passion stirred up in man’s heart. Man’s heart can easily stagnate and sour amid during distressing times as mankind sojourns in this dark and dreary world. Not every day contains “mountain top” moments and a robust dose of godly humor can ultimately “save” the day!
Before sin, a man was fashioned in the image of God. This makes it logical to conceive Adam was created with a propensity for a godly humor because God clearly shows forth an appropriate sense of wit found in several scripture verses inspired and recorded in His Word.
Since the day Lucifer, the once heavenly angel now devil of this world, introduced sin into this world the natural man is fashioned and born in the image of sinful Adam. Man has a natural appetite for ungodly humor. Having said this, certainly, it is possible for the natural man to make an attempt to “do good” and “to tow a moral line,” avoiding lewd and risqué humor. However, man will never be wholly successful at avoiding unholy comedy in his own human weakness, especially in the midst of a continual barrage of spiritual darkness at work in this world.
Proverbs 17:22 (KJB) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
The Bible tells us appropriate biblical humor is good for the spiritual health of our soul!
God uses laughter as a soothing balm for both flattering and mending broken hearts.
God uses biblical humor to spiritually lift man up in the midst of desperately dark circumstances found in the valleys of life.
Genesis 21:6 (KJB) And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
God also uses laughter as a mode for learning and applying tough spiritual lessons which stretch important training from ancient biblical times to impact today.
Just think of Sarah!
Certainly, Abraham’s wife Sarah understood God does have a sense of humor! Once she was over the initial shock of her unexpected pregnancy late in life, she must have marveled, finding it humorous as chuckled while holding her precious newborn baby Isaac. Sarah knew for sure the arrival of this miraculous life was only made possible through the supernatural power of God working in her life.
This miracle birth not only made Sarah laugh but continually provides a hoot for all women as they look back on their own physically demanding time of labor and birth of their own babies. Taking this short trip down “memory lane” they know for sure they would not want to face this amazingly painful process again in their “ripe” old age. Besides, grandkids are now appropriately the focus of their love, attention, and more limited energy in their later years.
Ecclesiastes 7:6 (KJB) For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
There are different kinds of laughter. Laughter can be foolish, sinful or playfully silly in nature, not all varieties of amusement honors and brings glory to God.
Solomon was viewing his life from a gloomy human perspective in this scripture verse from the book of Ecclesiastes and commenting about the dismal sound of laughter he heard. Solomon was living far from God and his brand of humor was not pleasant and palatable as found thriving in a healthy spiritual heart.
Just think how the sound of healthy robust laughter coming from the life of an innocent child which instantly creates a warm fuzzy feeling and brings a smile to your face! Laughter can certainly rouse up positive sentiments.
Please take to heart and understand the devil always has his own quirky parallel brand of humor. His dark brand of wit stands in opposition to the righteous spiritual joy found thriving in a person in a right standing personal relationship with God. The devil always has an analogous or corresponding response for all situations of life featuring his dark flavor of unwise humor rather than godly appropriate comedy aptly measured by the plumb-line standard set in place by God.
A person who professes a personal relationship with Christ but is found to always be gloomy and sour needs to check his spiritual temperature against the truth found in God’s Word. Temporary seasons of gloominess help to mature and grow a Christian, but lives defined by great sadness and sorrow work to illustrate desperation rather than paint a picture of hope and reliance upon the supernatural power and presence of God at work in their life.
Jesting, as found in Ephesian 5:4, is another example straight from the Bible of flippant or offhand sinful humor. People choosing to profess foolish off color and ungodly remarks often serve it up with the purpose of cutting down or insulting another. This behavior is not godly and is profoundly insulting to God. God is the divine maker of all men and insults jested against any man do travel all the way back to his maker.
Job 8:20-22 (KJB) Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
Job’s misguided friend Bildad thought laughter was, without exception, an ingredient always found bubbling forth from the character of all godly men. He perceived that Job’s life should be filled with much laughter and alleged since godly humor was missing from Job’s life this proved that Job was not sincere, godly, or righteous. Furthermore, it proved it was Job’s own failures and sin that caused this own great spiritual upheaval and downfall. Bildad, labeled Job as ungodly because of the absence of an appropriate humor level as he passed through this deep ravine of life. Bildad was guilty of measuring godliness according to his own sense of relevance, rather than according to God’s golden standard and he was entirely wrong about the spiritual health of Job’s heart.
It has been said by someone God uses those He bruises. Only God could employ a talking donkey to serve such a perfect purpose (Numbers 21:21-30). Imagine if a donkey spoke to you and rebuked you. How jaw-dropping and ironic that would be. It would serve to bring a little humor to your heart in such an unusual way along with learning an important and unforgettable spiritual lesson from the mouth of an animal.
Perhaps God’s presence did stand nearby this scene with a twinkle in His eye and a giggle being muffled in His chest!
Maybe God found light humor, even in the midst of the physical death of Lazarus, in John chapter eleven upon hearing the reasoning of “busy Martha” about her sister “Lazy Mary.” Martha perceived herself as working hard for the Lord while painting her sister as lazy having no desire to work for God. Martha soon found out her own perception of this situation was faulty. Perhaps God cracked a faint smile as Martha realized her effort did not earn her any points with Him and that the truth of the situation was that Mary had chosen that which was spiritually profitable.
Often our perception of a matter can be far removed from how God divinely views a situation. We are looking at things from earth while He is able to view the entire situation from His heavenly vantage point.
Humor can and should be present in our heart in all seasons of life. Humor is an important spiritual element for us to put on as we strive to live in the image of God rather than attiring ourselves in the dark and desperate image of the god of this world.
God certainly showed a sense of humor in many circumstances, both good and bad, throughout the canon in His Word. Do you have a godly sense of humor and joy working in your heart as you face any circumstance of life?