Book: Proverbs 14
“Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.”
We all like to have a good laugh and in fact laughter can be good for us. (Proverbs 17:22) According to Ecclesiastes 3:4 there is, “a time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.”
Some people use laughter as a coping mechanism to deal with or hide what is really going on inside them. This can suffice for a short time but eventually the grief will have to be worked through. When an individual is all by themselves, and everyone who laughed with them are gone, then that heavy grieving heart comes to the surface.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:4, “God blesses those who mourn (grief), for they will be comforted”. He wants to be our Comforter as He is the source of true comfort. Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” He offers us the gift of comfort but we have to receive it.
When God brought the people of Israel back from Babylon their mourning and grieving was over. Listen to the song they sang, “When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, ‘What amazing things the Lord has done for them.’ Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!’” Psalm 126:1-3. When God replaces mourning and grieving with comfort there is laughter and joy even when a person is by themselves. Why? Because God is with them. Their heart is turned to Him, praising and worshiping Him.
Take a moment and ask the Lord if there is any mourning or grieving in your life that He wants to replace with His comfort. Then tell Him that you are giving it to Him and in faith you receive His comfort. Talk with Him and worship Him.