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Our God is a Playful God

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God Is Playful With Us

Not only does God have loving thoughts about us, He is also playful with us. He likes surprising us. He likes giving us clues and yet still waiting to reveal what He is doing. The obvious example is the birth of Christ. Sure now we can look back and see how all of the prophesies were fulfilled, but it seems that only the wise men won that great treasure hunt. Christ return is very similar. Jesus says here is how you will know when the time is near, but I don’t even know the exact hour. I think Paul says it best when he says that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). God likes to keep us on our toes. I believe He is having fun with us.  Here are some quick examples:

  • Jesus making a lot wine for party that already had their fill (John 2:6-10).
  • Jesus walking on the water… and about passing by the disciples (Mark 6:48).
  • Jesus making the soldiers fall down before they could arrest him (John 18:4-5).
  • Jesus not revealing himself on the road to Emmaus and then vanishing when they recognizes Him (Luke 24:31).

Children Like to Play

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying He carelessly messes with our minds. He is playful, and He is inviting us into His playfulness. Remember the children were always trying to get to Jesus. They don’t gravitate to the most serious adults. They look for the fun ones that pull coins out of their ears… Jesus, of course, pull them out of fish (Matthew 17:27), which is way more fun.

Playing With My Daughter

This past weekend I was playing with my younger daughter. She was running at me knocking me over. I was grabbing her and throwing her in the air. Then she would get down, walk away, and then do it again. We were enjoying each other. If God is our Heavenly Father, He must want to play with us in the same way. He is not trying to get us to grow up with every interaction with us. Jesus said that the greatest in the kingdom had to become like a child (Matthew 18:5) and the kingdom of God belongs to the children (Mark 10:14-15).

God Wants Us to Enjoy Life

This is going to be hard for some to wrap their minds around. God wants to have fun with us. God wants us to enjoy life. God wants us to know that the life He has for us is better than anything the world can even attempt to offer.

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10 Responses to “Our God is a Playful God”

  1. cool mum says:

    i know i sound like a spammer in saying this, but this post was exactly what i was looking for! haha i’ve been trying to think of examples of God and Jesus being playful. thanks for posting!

    my favorite part: Remember the children were always trying to get to Jesus. They don’t gravitate to the most serious adults. They look for the fun ones that pull coins out of their ears… Jesus, of course, pull them out of fish (Matthew 17:27), which is way more fun.

    • I laughed when I wrote that too. I was planning on just stopping at the ears, but I immediately thought of the fish. I actually caught me off guard. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Laura says:

    thankyou for posting this i had a dream last night where i saw a young man pressing on a button to activate a fountain & next to it were the words, ‘playful prayer’.

  3. bunnyb1802 says:

    Great post even though I am one of those who struggles to imagine God being playful but rather thinking that yes, grow up with each encounter.
    Maybe I need to ask God to show me his playful side.

  4. Rachel says:

    I really like this viewpoint of God. I never really thought of Him as playful. Actually most of the time, I thought He was rather serious most of the time. But throughout my Christian walk, I would find myself being drawn to Him when I would see either paintings of Jesus smiling (which weren’t that many) or read books (particularly ones by Max Lucado) where there would be a reiteration of a Bible story (for example the one where Jesus tells Peter to throw his fishing nets on the other side of the boat after a whole night of wasted fishing). Max Lucado would always bring up a mental visual of Jesus during such moments when Peter caught all those fish that they thought the nets would break, and how He would most likely have a beaming smile on His face.
    Now, lately, I have really become curious if God is playful, and if He is, how is He playful? and is He playful with me? I actually don’t know how I came upon this curiosity, considering I never really thought about it before. But that curiosity led me to this article. Thank you for discussing this side of God. I would love to learn about it further. I have just one more question. how do you know if and when an event in the Bible can be interpreted as God’s playfulness with us? some of those examples you gave, I never would have thought of it that way without you bringing that angle to light.

    • Dear Rachel,
      It’s hard to answer how playful God is to individual people. I think He is as playful as they want to be. We are to come to Him as a little child, and children like to play. If we come to Him as an adult, I believe He respects that. Ultimately, I feel that He can’t be playful with those who are not listening to Him… otherwise we can’t understand His jokes.

      We are made in His image. Anything good in us comes as a reflection of that image He has placed in us. If laughter can be good, then we must have learned it in some way from God.

      As for how to interpret the Bible… well that is a whole other discussion. To the point, there are always several interpretation to the Bible, depending on who you talk to. I’m not saying you can make the Bible say what you want, but how do you choose what to believe? Everybody makes interpretations based on their view of God, themselves, and how the world works. Nobody can be completely biased. We need to slow down and ask the Holy Spirit to help us interpret the Bible. He is the One that leads us into all truth. If we are trusting in our ability to interpret the Bible, we will get it wrong.

      I may have just opened up a whole bunch of more questions, but I hope overall this help.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Kevin

      • Rachel says:

        Thank you for your reply. I guess I just want to know how to recognize the times when or if God is playful with me, whether it be incidents in the Bible or in my own life. I don’t want to miss anything.

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