Date: Tuesday, July 16
Scripture: Acts 12:1-25
Verse: On recognizing Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. (Acts 12:14)
Try to explain humor to another – what makes something funny. The psychology of humor is somewhat complicated because it is a bit of a mystery. We know the effects of humor, but know little about scientific description of what makes us laugh at some things and not at others. Kind of like love, we know it when we feel it, but we can’t really describe it. Because of this mysterious nature, many take humor as evidence of our having been created in the image of God. We don’t often think of God having a sense of humor, but sometimes it helps.
Peter has just been released from prison by an angel of God, but is left outside of the house where the other believers had gathered to pray for him. After watching the shackles fall from his wrists, getting by the prison guards in a daze, and having the gate to the city open for him as he approached, Peter is left at the door of what essentially was a church worship service. It is a moment of levity in a story filled with sadness. The church is persecuted, disciples are being put to death, and the people are living in fear of what may happen to them because they are followers of Jesus.
Sometimes we need to be reminded to enjoy the blessings in the midst of what can sometimes be great difficulty. God has given us a sense of humor, and we know it helps us cope when we are struggling. For those of us who have trouble laughing, we need to practice it more regularly.
Prayer: Thank you God, for creating me with a sense of humor that can find the joy you bring, even in dark circumstances. Amen.
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