Does God Have A Sense of Humor?

Giraffe

Several years ago Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertforshire in England did a serious study to determine the world’s funniest joke.  Over 40,000 jokes were submitted.  Rated.  And judged.

The experiment demonstrated that people in different parts of the world have varying tastes in humor.  Americans like jokes with a character who’s made to look stupid.  New Zealanders, Australians and Brits prefer jokes involving word play.  Germans had no preference in jokes.

But, here’s  the joke that won first place regardless of gender, geography or age.

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services.

He gasps: “My friend is dead! What can I do?”

The operator says: “Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard.

Back on the phone, the guy says: “Okay. Now what?”

Hey, don’t groan!  It won first place! 

With all the craziness that’s going on in the world, I’m in the mood for a little humor!  Actually, Norma Jean would tell you in I’m always in the mood for some humor! 

All of this got me to thinking, does God have a sense of humor?  It reminds of the humorless, sour sister who chided her preacher for telling a joke in the pulpit.  The preacher opined that God had a sense of humor.  “How do you know that? She demanded.  “Well,” said the Preacher, “He made you, didn’t He?”

And don’t forget the giraffe.  The octopus.  And the duck-billed platypus.  I can imagine God smiling, or even chuckling, after creating the wide variety of animals.

Several times the Psalmist pictures God derisively laughing from the heavens at the folly of those who oppose Him.  His will. And His Word.

The Bible contains a good bit a humor, but much of it is subtle.  And often hidden in the language differences.  But there is humor found in irony, sarcasm, word-play, exaggeration, hyperbole, imagery and funny situations.

The book of Proverbs has some expressions that will bring a smile to your face.  Proverbs 11:22 says, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”  What a visual description!

Suppose Solomon had a fight with one of his wives when he wrote, “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife” (21:9).

Of how about the lazy fellow who shuns going to work, “The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!” (Prov 22:13)

How funny is it that God spoke to Balaam through the mouth of a donkey?  Can’t you hear God laughing at Balaam’s surprised look?

While not humorous to the Egyptians, it is amusing to see how God showed his power over the Egyptian gods with the plague of jumping frogs over running the land from their bedrooms, kitchens to the palace of Pharoah!

Then there’s Samson who killed 1,000 Philistine enemies of God with the jawbone of a donkey!

Looking closely at the life of Jesus, you see a good bit a humor.  Consider his imagery of a man with a plank protruding out of eye!  Or a rich man trying to go through the eye of needle!  And of course, we see Jesus having a good time at the wedding feast in Cana and enjoying himself in the home of Zachaeus.

The Bible advises that, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).  While we live in perilous times that vexes our souls, let’s not lose our sense of humor.  Or the joy of our faith.  And who knows?  Our jubilant spirit just may bring a smile to God’s face.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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11 responses to “Does God Have A Sense of Humor?

  1. Stephen Segrest

    Several months ago I was in a store and struck up a conversion with the owner (which I previously didn’t know). Something just clicked between us –we both grew up in Clearwater and had similar interests. As I was leaving, he said — I’m 42 and we must be about the same age — how old are you?”. Even though the comment came from a guy, my ego was really boosted (as I’m much older than 42). After leaving his store, I stopped by McDonalds for a cup of coffee, where the young person asked “Do you want your Senior’s Discount?” Wow! in the span of about 5 minutes my ego went from really feeling my Wheaties to kinda downright depression. As I walked to my car with my coffee, I looked up to the sky and asked God: “You’re playing with my head today, right?” This exemplifies my Faith — that God is walking with me on everything I do with a very personal relationship with Christ — and yes, He has a great sense of humor!

  2. Thanks for reminding people that good clean humor is helpful to people. It can disarm tense situations at time and open the door for teaching.

  3. Brownie Reaves

    Hey, Ken, thanks for your post. I recently returned to my hometown in the delta of Mississippi where I was raised. The decline in the area was disappointing but it was good to see old friends that I hadn’t seen in about 45 years. I was talking with a younger schoolmate and he asked me my age. I stuck my chest out a bit because it seemed to me that everyone in town that I had seen had become much, much older and time seemed to be a terrible beautician, so I felt pretty good about myself. I told John that I was 63 and his next words were, “have you been sick lately?” Talk about deflating to the max, but that is something I can use the next time someone thinks they might have aged well. I enjoy humor and especially if it is on me.

  4. pennymcdaniel62

    Of course God has a sense of humor! After all, we are created in His image. Great post, as always.
    Penny McDaniel
    http://pennymcdanielspiritualguidance.blogspot.com

  5. Brenda Thornton

    I see a strange animal or sea creature and think ” God must have laughed when he made this creature”. 🙂
    What an awesome God!

  6. Yes, God has a sense of humor. He created us in His image. We have sense of humor so does He.

  7. Absolutely He does have a sense of humor 🙂

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