CAN YOU GUESS WHO GETS THE LAST LAUGH?…. 2 Chronicles 30

Yes, of course!  God always gets the last laugh.  But remember, His laughter is never sadistic, relishing and enjoying the unrepentant getting their due.  However,, for those who willingly turn-their-backs on the Lord,  want nothing to do with Him, there is a last ‘laugh’ that only the Lord will have.  As it says in Psalm 2: 4–‘He who sits in the heavens laughs;  the Lord holds them in derision…’  And in Psalm 37: 12, 13–‘The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.’

This ‘laugh’ is for those who refuse anything of the Lord.   If there’s a smidgen of an urge to seek Him, a nudge toward Him, they’ll find Him merciful and forgiving.  As Peter writes–‘He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance'(2 Peter 3:9).  He wants all to be with Him.

But the unrepentant unbeliever will not have the last laugh.  In 2 Chronicles 30 we have the godly King Hezekiah reestablishing worship in Israel.  The Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread will be the centerpiece of godly worship.  The King sends out couriers inviting both north and south to a great celebration at the Jerusalem Temple.  Passover will unite a divided people.

His offer to the remnant in the north is based on what he knows of God’s character–‘For if you return to the Lord…(you)will find compassion…for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him'(2 Chronicles 30:9).  Hezekiah’s God(and ours) has open hands, with a great-big heart of forgiveness and love.  The people’s reaction to this invitation?   2 Chronicles 30:10–‘So the couriers went from city to city… but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them.’

Laughed out of town.  Much of Western society today laughs in the face of God, expecting that there’s no one home in the heavens.  ‘You’re such fools to believe in God’, they say.  So ‘anti-science’… ‘bigoted and hateful’.  They laugh and scorn.  Should we wither in our witness for Jesus?   2 Chronicles 30: 11–‘However some…humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.’  Some… will respond, not with scoffing ridicule, but with a change of heart.

I don’t like being laughed at.  Made to feel foolish.  But I want to obey the Lord.  Since not knowing Jesus is a dead-end street, I better find ways to share Him with others.  I think this applies to you, too!  I’m still packing Gospel tracts in my back pocket.  If only they would ALL bear good fruit.  But that’s up to someone else.  I’m doing what I can… and that’s up to me.  And the Lord will take care of the rest.  Of that,  I am sure!

Prayer: For boldness to share the Lord Jesus, we pray.  For His sake, amen.

 

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