15But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
Psalm 35:15-18, KJV
Thanks for the Adversity
Things were not going well for David; his enemies not only rejoiced in his adversity, but they gathered together and mocked him. None of us handle adversity well, but it is even harder when we learn that we are being mocked by our enemies, especially when some of these very enemies used to be our best friends. David is so perplexed by God's lack of answers that he finally cried out, Lord how long wilt thou look on?
Then, David said the strangest thing. I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. In other words, he said to God, "Thanks for the adversity!" David may have been perplexed that the Lord had not seemed to answer his prayers, but his faith was as strong as it had ever been. He was still thanking and praising God.
How well do we handle adversity? How well do we handle being the underdog--the one whom everyone is talking about behind our back? How well do we tolerate lies being spread about us?
We do not handle it well at all, do we? We work quickly to set the record straight, justifying our actions before anyone who will listen. If we even remember to go to God in prayer, we are way too busy asking Him what He thinks He is doing to us, to even think of thanking Him.
It is at times like these that our faith is tested. We love and praise the Lord when everything is going great, but how do we respond to God when nothing is going right? How do we respond to God when it seems as though our prayers bounce right off the ceiling?
We certainly do not enjoy the bad times, but by God's grace, let us remember that it is during these times that our faith grows the most. By the grace of God, next time we are faced with the ridicule of former friends, may we remember to look to God and say, "Thanks for the adversity!"
God Bless You,