Spiritual Practice


Doug Rose

I have always looked for humor in the Bible, and I am never disappointed. The story of Balaam and his talking donkey (Numbers 22:21–33) is always a favorite, but there are many other colorful stories. In Acts 20:7–12, we read about Eutychus, a boy who became so sleepy during a sermon that he fell out of the window in which he was sitting. (I bet he won’t sit there the next time!) The story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, is a goldmine for humor (Luke 19:1–10). Jesus spots him sitting high in the branches of a sycamore tree and invites himself to Zacch’s house for tea. Imagine having high tea with a treed tax man! The account of Jonah and the fish (Jonah 1–4) always tickles my funny bone too. There’s something off the wall about Jonah’s praying a long dramatic evangelistic prayer while trapped in the slimy belly of a giant fish. God seems to possess an outstanding sense of humor. Who knew?


He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Job 8:21 (NIV)


“Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.”
—Mark Twain

Where do  you see God’s sense of humor?

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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