Ever wondered whether God has a sense of humor? When most people think about God what comes to mind is a stern, judgmental face concerned only with arriving at a judgment about just how good people have been recently.
When some people think about the Judaic God, regardless of evidence to the contrary, what seems to come across is a God who killed off other races, all so He could provide an inheritance for His own chosen people. They think of this as a God who sanctions genocide. Same people believe, however, that a President of a country, or a Judge appointed by a country has power to kill off evil people within his or her domain (as granted by the Constitution). Regardless, they question authority of the Creator (by assumption and requirement of consistency) for killing off of evil people within His creation. A Judge or President does not execute killing orders. Neither does God most of the time.
Subsequent to the Judaic age, and commencing with ministry of Jesus Christ, God consigned the right for killing off of evil doers to civil authorities all over the world. This is the reason Christian Scriptures declares civil authorities are judged by God relative to the extent to which they are not corrupted with respect to execution of justice. Whenever civil authority is corrupted, God reserves the right for executing of any ‘killing’ sort of justice to Himself. King Herod died this way during Apostolic times. While Jesus Christ is thought of to be a kind, compassionate God, most people I would assume find it difficult to associate Him with a sense of humor (the Son of God is God in essence yet different from the Father; but if His Father never will be seen because He forever will remain invincible [Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:27] the only ‘Father’ we ever will physically relate with is Jesus Christ).
Consider this passage, however, from The Book of Job 40:6–12,
Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself? Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?
Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low, look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand.
Does not sound funny? Perhaps. Well consider that God is saying that other than Himself the Creator, there always can be found a man stronger than another.
Napoleon met his Waterloo. Alexander the Great could not conquer the forests of Asia. Xerxes could not overcome independent mindedness of the Greeks. The Romans were overcome by debauchery. Britain could not defeat Hitler all by itself. Japan was invincible until it was not. Sparta beat Athens at physical warfare, lost the entire world to Athenian philosophy. Assyria mistreated Babylon until a coalition of Babylon and Egypt ground it into the dust.
With respect to doing good, Elijah was a strong man, Elisha turned out stronger. Gideon beat an entire army with 300 men, Samson the Nazirite took on an entire army all by himself. David got rich from righteousness, Solomon turned out richer. Moses was a great leader, Joshua — no man could stand before him, meaning every great man he came in contact with made obeisance to him. Abraham believed God concerning a son, Noah believe Him concerning a flood — something that hitherto never had occurred.
When I read the passage above, I was reminded about the futility of competing with others, particularly via doing of what is wrong, as opposed to doing my best.
Always there will be someone greater sometime in the future. Such a thought should bring a smile, a chuckle, or outright laughter.
If I do my best today, I can applaud another who comes along after me who does better. It was never about him, always was about me doing my best. Always about me being able to look myself in the eye and being able to say ‘I did my best’.
Why is it great kings abdicate their thrones for their eldest sons in old age? Their people never will attribute such action to weakness. Rather, they attribute it to love. A great king would rather his son maintain his greatness than have himself lose face due to old age.
If you have not laughed at your own sense of greatness, and the almost deterministic probability someone greater than you will arrive sometime in future, read the passage again. You just might find a smile, a chuckle, or outright laughter.