You might be wondering, “When in the world does adversity turn into advantage? All of the adversity I am currently facing is absolutely killing me! From my failing health to my faltering business . . . from distress in my marriage to disconnection with my children . . . you have to be kidding when you suggest there is a time when adversity turns into advantage!”
Well, I didn’t say it; the Book did!
Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. (Psalm 50:15)
Here we find light in our darkness and calm in our storm. God says that we can turn every adversity into advantage when we turn toward Him. We have a tendency to aggravate our problems by turning to countless things smaller than God . . . things that promise deliverance but simply cannot deliver on their promise. God tells us in the day of trouble that we are to call on Him.
The second half of the passage gives the reason for crying out to God. He not only wants to hear our cry, He can actually do something about it! God accepts our plea for help and He answers it with His omnipotent determination to deliver us from adversity. When we call on the Lord for deliverance, we are doing what every child of God must do: we are to look away from self and toward our Savior. You see, in times of adversity God is bringing us to the end of ourselves. He is making us decrease so He can increase. Adversity turns into advantage when we take our eyes off ourselves and turn to God.
Regardless of the trouble you are facing, call on Jesus. Not only has He promised to deliver you, He assures you that in your desperation and deliverance, He shall receive the glory. God is glorified when we cry out to Him, because our cry is a testimony to the sufficiency of the One in whom we trust.
There is something we all need to be reminded of regarding our deliverance: God is not in the business of delivering those who believe they are in no need of it! Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Matthew 9:12). If you are not sick, you don’t need healing. If you are not down, you don’t need to be raised up. The watching world catches a glimpse of the true composition of our character when we are facing adversity. As James Allen once said, “Circumstance doesn’t make the man, it reveals him.”
To be sure, adversity turns into advantage when we turn toward Jesus. Speak this prayer from days of old and prepare for your deliverance.
Lord, thou hast bid me seek thy face,
and shall I seek in vain?
And shall the ear of sovereign grace
be deaf when I complain?
So . . . what is your adversity revealing about you lately? If in it you are turning to Jesus, then you are turning your adversity into your advantage; and along the way, God is getting all the glory!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!