"Bad guys have it in for the good guys, obsessed with doing them in. But God isn't losing any sleep, to him they're a joke with no punch line" (Psalm 37:12-13).
Reading this verse last night made me think of some of the clips that I've seen of the latest blockbuster hit that is expected to obliterate most records, even possibly delivering an Oscar posthumously to one of the key actors. The movie, The Dark Knight, is a thrilling superhero tale of Batman and his arch nemesis, the Joker.
What I found so interesting, is that mirrors accurately how the enemy of our souls sees his own attacks in our lives - as a joke. He enjoys making fun, and gaining enjoyment out of the sufferings of other people.
But then I came across this verse in the Message paraphrase. No matter what we face, and no matter how tragic, how disappointing, how unexplainable, God is NOT asleep, He's not loosing sleep, He's well aware. And you know what else? He sees the situtation for EXACTLY what it is, and how HE will be able to turn it around in order to accomplish something so great, it will make all of hell tremble and regret that they ever interfered. "...like a joke with no punch line."