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In Jonah 4:9 he complains about the vine saying, "I am angry enough to die." Doesn't it make you want to say, "Good grief, Jonah. " God must have had a sense of humor not only to put up with but use Jonah for his glory and purposes. If you read it aloud to a group, it's difficult not to laugh.
Proverbs says, "Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion." Doesn't that give you delight on the days you feel more piggish than beautiful?
The Greeks transformed the Temple into a house of idol worship. This explains why the Greeks carefully scoured the Temple grounds searching for pure flasks of oil (bearing the seal of the High Priest).
No longer did light stream from the Temple; the word of God was silenced. Rather, they sought "li-Challel" - literally, to make it empty. They knew that defiling the oil would silence the light of the Menorah - the light of Torah which reflects the depth and meaning of Jewish national and religious life. Through learning Torah, and uncovering the depth of relevance and meaning, we pour light into the world and drive away the darkness of exile.
I had a roommate in college who quoted this to me, reminding me that not everyone wakes up cheery.Focus on the people you can help, and don't be obsessed with those you cannot help. Renewal requires advancing beyond the previous state.I once heard a recovered alcoholic, twenty years sober, say, "The man that I was drank, and the man that I was will drink again." If people who emerge from a deteriorated state go back to the state prior to the deterioration, nothing has been accomplished, because history will repeat itself.How can we his creatures think things are funny unless the whole idea came from God in the first place?I've never heard a sermon about God's sense of humor.