Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

James 1:2

Essentially, James is saying to find joy in trials. Which is precisely backward from a normal human response towards challenges. So why does James call us to be joyful in the hard times?

The challenges we go through often make deposits into our account of life. James does not talk about how trials make us feel or try to discredit the pain while we go through them. Instead, he takes a step back and sees the bigger perspective of what God is doing through them. To see what our trials are doing for our life as a whole.

Our challenges, however complex, make us stronger, build character, teach us to become more dependent on God, produce perseverance, mature our faith, and ultimately remind us that everything that we go through is and will serve as a purpose.


We may not control our circumstances, but we can control how we view them.