And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
This is really one of the funniest stories in the Bible. Pregnant at ninety? Really? Sarah had wanted a son all of her life more than anything else. She had been barren from her youth and now she finds herself pregnant at ninety, not to mention the fact that Abraham fathered a child when he was ninety-nine. That is really pretty weird. No wonder everyone was laughing. This story took on new meaning for me when I tasted the unusual joy of The Lord for the first time in 1994. My heart was filled with unspeakable joy and my mouth was filled with laughter. As for Abraham and Sarah, I think there was more than just laughing at the funny circumstances of this geriatric couple having their child. I think The Lord had fallen on them, rejuvenated both of their bodies, and filled their hearts with overflowing supernatural joy. Here is something Charles Spurgeon said about Sarah’s laughter.
”It was far above the power of nature, and even contrary to its laws, that the aged Sarah should be honored with a son; and even so it is beyond all ordinary rules that I, a poor, helpless, undone sinner, should find grace to bear about in my soul the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus. I, who once despaired, as well I might, for my nature was as dry, and withered, and barren, and accursed as a howling wilderness, even I have been made to bring forth fruit unto holiness. Well may my mouth be filled with joyous laughter, because of the singular, surprising grace which I have received of the Lord, for I have found Jesus, the promised seed, and he is mine for ever. This day will I lift up psalms of triumph unto the Lord who has remembered my low estate, for my heart rejoices in the Lord; mine horn is exalted in the Lord; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies, because I rejoice in thy salvation.”
If you think about it, heaven has to be a placed filled with laughter. All sorrow is over, we are with our friends and family, and the atmosphere itself is pregnant, pregnant with the very presence of God. Laughter has to be one of the most striking characteristics of heaven. Paul said that what we experience now through the outpouring of the Spirit is a foretaste of that heavenly experience. The only conclusion is this, the outpouring of the Spirit will inevitable be characterized by extreme joy; laughter is inevitable.