What makes God laugh? “Tell Him your plans.” This is likely the answer that pops into your head. However, this common phrase isn’t found in the Bible. To determine what would cause God to laugh, we can look to God’s Son Jesus. Perhaps, by looking at His instances of laughter while on Earth, we could understand what would, in turn, make God laugh. Unfortunately, there isn’t an instance of Jesus laughing recorded in the Bible. This video published by Real Truth. Real Quick, which you can view below, explores the issue in depth.
God Doesn’t Laugh For The Same Reasons As Us
Turns out, though there aren’t instances of Jesus laughing recorded, in the Old Testament, we are told God laughed. By looking at what was going on at the time, we can understand the circumstances that caused God’s laughter. The following is one example the video points out,
“The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at Him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees his day is coming.” Psalm 37:12-13
Unlike us, God doesn’t laugh because something is funny. He instead laughs as a way of scoffing at those who refuse to listen to Him or those who try to challenge His authority. Another example is found in Psalm 2:4, which says “He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them.”
Does This Mean God is Cruel?
No. This scoffing type of laugh shouldn’t be considered cruel. Instead, it is one of knowledge. God knows He has the upper hand. He knows how things will end. Therefore, He is not threatened by unbelief, threats or the like. In the video, an example is given of a two-year-old walking up to a grown man and kicking him in the shin. The man might laugh at the young child’s “threat” or “challenge” because it is so ridiculous. He knows the small kid stands no chance in a fight. In the same way, God laughs at us when we think we know better than He how things should go.