12 thoughts on “Making God Laugh

  1. God might laugh at my plans and still give them to me. Not so good! I think the key is make your plans, tell Him and then ask Him and allow Him to direct your steps.

    God has a way to keep us glued to him with Elmer’s, Krazy Glue, and Gorilla Glue.

  2. When you wrote ‘Gorilla Glue’, Sara, it reminded me of the ABBA DABBA DABBA Song you wrote of in an earlier blog. I got the mental picture of someone ( monkey-like) ranting and raving on and on and on about their plans, ideas and projections, blabbing and blabbing to the Lord about this and that and the other thing and not giving Him one chance to say anything, or worse yet, INTERRUPTING HIM when He tries to interpose His advisement or counsel or idea. We often do that to one another and I Know we do it to the Lord.
    Another common error….we have a plan and we’re very keen on it and so to justify it we say, “I am being TOLD to do this or do that” and all the time it is their own idea. Of course the Lord does TELL us to do things but usually it’s HIS idea, and not our “half-baked” plan. The Lord GOD said in Hosea 7:8, “Ephraim is a cake, half-baked!!” Not well-done, like most of OUR OWN PLANS without the Lord’s counsel.

  3. “lUnless the Lord build the house they who build labor in vain. ” Same thing with ideas which are NOT inspired by the Holy Spirit. Like Sara said, check it out with the Lord, first. He may LOVE your idea….on the other hand…… hmmm,

  4. Maybe we should consider this scripture when making plans.

    “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. “(James 4:13-17)

  5. MG, you have gone and put the fear of God in me and Debi helped you out. It is interesting to think that one would get a plan and go hog wild with it without the approval of the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

    Talk about out of control at this season of our calendar year, Santa items that we just can’t live without seems to block our view. I wonder how many of us submitted out holiday shopping list to the creator of all things and knows the “heart of need” of all.

    I, for one, want to get on God’s side so if He laughs about my plans I laugh with Him and not fear Him.

  6. Sometimes we don’t share our plans with the Lord because we KNOW He will not approve of one aspect or the other of them, if not the whole she-bang. I think in another comment a while back I told of a friend with whom we had been commissioned to do a project or errand so to speak, for the church. I had been told by the elders that we were to do it a certain way. My lovely, older friend said, “yeah, I know but we’re not going to do it that way.”
    Our lessons on faithfulness this week remind me that our God is watching out for us and HIS plans are wa-a-a-ay above ours and HE is FAITHFUL to fulfill all that HE has promised….when we keep our part of the covenant.
    Jesus said,” I Am the Way, the Way, the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
    Frank Sinatra’s song of a by-gone era….”I Did it My Way” has some ugly undertones, to be sure. (I’d love to do a parody on that song, some day. PARODY? Well! Some of us live that way every day) There is only one WAY and that is ONE-WAY JESUS. I want to do it HIS WAY, follow HIS Plan. They’re for my good and He is faithful to me that He Who bagan a good PLAN in me will bring it to fruition.

  7. Needles, what did Jonah do while in the belly of a great fish? How long did he stay? Did he get out? Wonder what he looked like when he got out? How did he get out? I must say that is quite a story!

  8. “What did Jonah do while in the belly of a great fish? Jonah 1:2 says:”Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.”
    How long did he stay? “Jonah 1:17 says: Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.”
    “Did he get out?” Jonah 2:10 says: “Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.” So, yes, he got out.
    Wonder what he looked like when he got out? I can’t find any scripture that gives the details of what he looked like, but I can imagine that after being in the belly of a fish for three days and three nights, he didn’t look too good?
    How did he get out? Jonah 2:10 says that the fish spit him out.

  9. Needles, A plus. Your Dad has always been right! You are right bright. I love your answers. You told a story and reminded us of an amazing happening that God gave as an example to encourage us.

    I love the part that Jonah prayed while in the belly of a great fish. He prayed. He didn’t complain, he prayed. Thanks,

  10. I believe David wrote of what Jonah might have felt down in that whale’s belly. He says in Ps. 40:2, ” He drew me up and out of an horrible pit of tumult and destruction, out of frothy slime”…I suppose there might have been a bit of SLIME in the whale’s belly, Perhap?? A little seaweed ensconsing Jonah’s head? David goes on, “and He set my feet upon the Rock” Some of the beaches of Nice, France have rocks on them….completley rocky, beautiful beach of rocks Maybe that’s how the beaches of Ninevah were if Jonah was SPIT out there.
    Or maybe Jonah’s perdicament is described in Ps. 88:6 where Korah says, “You have laid me in the depths of the lowest pit, in darkness, in the DEEPS. Your wrath lies hard upon me and You have afflicted me with all Your waves!….I am shut up and I cannot come forth” Sounds like a whale of a problem, there.
    But there’s a happy ending. The plea and the Prayer. The Psalm says, “Be pleased, O Lord to deliver me (from the deeps and from sins) and make haste to help me. He did…and He does.

  11. Jonah seeks to flee from “the presence of the Lord” by going to Jaffa and sailing to Tarshish. A huge storm arises and the sailors, realizing this is no ordinary storm, cast lots and learn that Jonah is to blame. Jonah admits this and states that if he is thrown overboard the storm will cease.

    Jonah’s story could put a little jitter in one’s bones if believed.

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